Javier Tebas wants justice in Zaragoza match-fixing caseFebruary 16, 2018
La Liga president Javier Tebas has demanded justice and the truth as the match-fixing case involving Real Zaragoza and Levante enters the courts once more.
It has been one of Spanish football’s longest running scandals, but it is coming to end as prosecutors have reopened an investigation into Levante’s match with Real Zaragoza in 2011.
The game saw Zaragoza remain in La Liga with a 2-1 win at the Ciutat de Valencia, with Levante already safe, but it is alleged that a number of players had a big hand in that happening.
A two-year prison sentence and a six-year footballing ban has now been proposed by the courts, meaning the likes of Herrera and Gabi would now have to prepare a case for their innocence.
“I don’t to see any player or official found to be guilty, but that cannot be at the expense of the truth,” Tebas is quoted as saying by Marca.
“Now we can see progress being made by the legal truth towards the true truth.”
Up to nine players, including Ander Herrera, Ponzio, Toni Doblas, Maurizio Lanzaro, Paulo Da Silva, Braulio Nobrega, Jorge Lopez and Carlos Diogo, along with coach Javier Aguirre and sporting director Antonio Prieto are said to have received money ahead of the match, although all of which returned the figure to the club, according to reports.
Whilst the aforementioned are all involved, it is understood that a total of 42 players, including Atletico Madrid captain, Gabi, are said to be involved.
A court issue will now commence with a clear indication on what case will be reopened in the coming days.