Spanish footballers detained for match-fixing

Spanish footballers detained for match-fixing

Agency News

Madrid, May 28: The Spanish National police force have confirmed the arrest of several footballers who either play or have played in the Liga Santander or the Liga 123 (Spanish first and second divisions) as part of an anti match-fixing operation.

The players arrested are former Real Madrid duo Raul Bravo and Carlos Aranda, Real Valladolid's Borja Fernandez and Getafe's Samuel Saiz Alonso (both of whom began their careers in the Real Madrid youth system) and Deportivo la Coruna's Inigo Lopez Montana.Inigo Lopez had previously played for SD Huesca and the president of that club, Agustin Lasoasa and the chief of Huesca's medical services, Juan Carlos Galindo, are also reported to have been detained.

It is thought the players were involved in match-fixing in order to make money through online betting and they face charges of belonging to a criminal organization, corruption and money laundering.  (UNI)