29.05.2013 Spanish football has been rocked by a match-fixing scandal.
Sports newspaper Marca made the sensational reveal this afternoon when they quoted an unnamed La Liga player explaining in detail how he was told by a manager to fix a league match.
The story is likely to rock the country to its core at a time when it is still in shock following the Dr Fuentes doping case.
Rocked: Spanish football is reeling from allegations that matches were fixed in La Liga (posed image)
In the story published online, one top flight player tells Marca: ‘I went to play against Levante and the coach, in the pre-match team talk, told us… “If we score a goal, they will equalise, and if they score a goal against us, we will equalise.
‘”If, in the 85th minute, the scores are level, we give up and that’s it. We both needed a draw. We finished 0-0.”‘
Beyond the player’s testimonial, the story contains revelations from managers and even a club president for ‘a top Spanish club’.
‘I’ve even doubted about whether or not to put a player in the line up, thinking he had been bought,’ the manager explains. You don’t trust half the squad.
‘But if you take them out and put young players in, they end up accusing you of not wanting to win.’
Accusation: A club president claimed a match between Rayo Vallecano and Real Mallorca was targeted (*there is no suggestion the players pictured above, or this particular match are part of the case)
No names are mentioned in the report specifically, but the club president cites one match between Rayo Vallecano and Real Mallorca.
He explains: ‘This season in Rayo, there was contact with a player before the game against Mallorca, but the footballer immediately spoke up and his coach closed down the situation.
‘What happened is that Rayo covered it up. I wouldn’t cover it up.’
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