Police arrest 24 in Spanish match fixing operationFebruary 20, 2018
24 people have been arrested on Monday in an operation into alleged match fixing in the country’s lower league, according to police sources.
Arrests were made across Spain, including some in Barcelona, with police actively trying to put an end to alleged fraud and corruption.
The ring is accused of using players to force situations such as corners or penalties in the Segunda B and Third Division, allowing higher club members to make bets on the amount of match statistics.
The action follows news that Spanish courts will re-open the famed Real Zaragoza-Levante case which involves various high profile footballers like Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera and Atletico Madrid captain, Gabi.
All arrested are understood to have connections to China, where the bets were placed and money was banked.
In April 2017, Spanish police arrested the coach and players of Eldense after they were accused of throwing a game against Barcelona B, which they lost 12-0.
Those arrested were released on bail after being charged, but saw their contracts cancelled with the lowly club, who are run of Italian investors.
It is understood that several other games in the Segunda B and the third division, are being investigated by the Spanish FA and Spanish Courts.