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Also Spain has its matchfixing scandal: ex-player of Real Madrid arrested

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Several players are today in Spain were arrested on suspicion of matchfixing and money laundering. Among them ex-Champions League winner Raúl Bravo, who was ever a season for Beerschot played.

The 38-year-old Raul Bravo is suspected to be the linchpin in a large-scale corruption and gokschandaal, by the Spanish public prosecutor is being investigated. Other (ex-)players, who in the Spanish media are called his Borja Fernandez (Real Valladolid), the all stopped Carlos Aranda, Samuel Sáiz (Getafe) and Iñigo López (Deportivo La Coruña).

Also chairman arrested

Also the president of the Spanish football club based in Huesca, which this season were relegated from the Primera Divisíon, and the head of the medical staff of the club would have been arrested. In addition, the police, the offices of Huesca a few hours to searched.

Raúl Bravo is by far the best known of the arrested ex-players. The ex-defender won the 2002 Champions League with Real Madrid and was also a fourteen-time Spanish international. In 2007 he moved to Olympiakos Piraeus, and after a passage at three smaller Spanish clubs joined the Spanish defender his career at Beerschot, where he is one season played) and Aris Thessaloniki in Greece.

Large-scale goknetwerk?

According to news agency EFE, the Spanish police working with the uncovering of a large-scale sportgoknetwerk. The arrested – eleven in total – are suspected of setting up a criminal organization, corruption and money laundering.

A spokesperson of La Liga says in a press release that the police action has taken, because there in may 2018 may be a competition is fixed in the Primera División. There are a total of eight possible cases of matchfixing passed to the police, which some in the Spanish second division: La Secunda Division.

Bookmakers in Asia and Ukraine

One of the suspicious matches would be the match Huesca-Nàstic Tarragona (0-1) at the end of last season, which, for 10 million euros gambled in bookmakers in Ukraine and Asia: a suspiciously high amount. Huesca at that time, was already sure of promotion to the top division, while the visitors the points then could be used to prevent degradation.

According to the tv program Espejo Público and the British newspaper the Daily Mail is also the match between Real Valladolid and Valencia during the last round of this season are suspect. Valladolid was already sure of retaining La Liga and some of the players of that club, would that match have gambled. Valencia won with 0-2 and qualified for the Champions League.