LaLiga: 36 Levante, Real Zaragoza players cleared of match-fixing in 2010-11 by Spanish court

A Spanish court cleared in total 41 people of sporting corruption relating to the 2010-11 season match between Levante and Zaragoza after the latter won to stay in the top flight

Reuters December 09, 2019 22:38:43 IST
LaLiga: 36 Levante, Real Zaragoza players cleared of match-fixing in 2010-11 by Spanish court
  • Two former Zaragoza officials were convicted of fraud. The Spanish side were accused of paying Levante players 965,000 euros to lose so Zaragoza could avoid relegation

  • Paris St Germain midfielder Ander Herrera, Leganes coach Javier Aguirre, and former Atletico Madrid captain Gabi Fernandez were among those who stood trial

  • All 41 people accused were found not guilty, with the Valencian court citing a lack of evidence in a statement

Madrid: A Spanish court cleared 36 players of sporting corruption on Monday relating to the 2010-11 season match between Levante and Real Zaragoza, which was investigated on suspicion of match-fixing after the latter won to stay in the top flight.

LaLiga 36 Levante Real Zaragoza players cleared of matchfixing in 201011 by Spanish court

Ander Herrera played for Real Zaragoza between 2009 and 2011. Reuters

Two former Zaragoza officials were convicted of fraud. The Spanish side were accused of paying Levante players 965,000 euros ($1.06 million) to lose so Zaragoza could avoid relegation.

Paris St Germain midfielder Ander Herrera, Leganes coach Javier Aguirre, and former Atletico Madrid captain Gabi Fernandez were among those who stood trial.

All 41 people accused were found not guilty, with the Valencian court citing a lack of evidence in a statement.

The judge convicted former Zaragoza president Agapito Iglesias and former financial director Javier Porquera of fraud, issuing them a one year and three month jail sentence. However, they are unlikely to serve jail time due to Spanish rules over suspended sentences for first-time offenders.

The two former Zaragoza officials were found guilty of using 1.73 million euros from Zaragoza’s accounts to pay players relegation bonuses.

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