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Nine arrested in Spain’s match-fixing scandal

Police in Spain arrested nine people this week over suspected football match-fixing in the second division as part of an operation that saw players and club executives arrested in May.

It has been reported that the latest arrests in operation ‘Oikos’ relate to corruption surrounding match-fixing that led to a second-tier club ensuring they made the playoffs in June 2017.

Law enforcement in Spain issued the following statement: “To make the payment different individuals and legal entities directly and indirectly related to the club, advanced various amounts in cash.”

The police statement does not mention the clubs, the identities of the suspects, nor clubs involved. The headquarters of Huesca, promoted for the first time in 2018, was searched in May, however, at that time, the club released a statement denying any wrongdoing.

The investigation was carried out by the Spanish police, with support of European police agency Europol.
The match-fixing problems in Spain recently led to its launching a new national commission focused on the prevention of sports corruption and betting-related fraud, after getting the green light from the country’s Ministry of the Presidency.

These arrests follow a similar incident earlier in the year, which saw a several Spanish first and second-tier footballers arrested over allegations of match-fixing and involvement in a criminal organisation.

Amongst the players involved then was Getafe’s Samuel Saiz. Former Real Madrid player Raul Bravo, Real Valladolid’s Borja Fernandez and Deportivo de La Coruna’s Inigo Lopez Montana are also all under investigation.

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