Spanish Segunda Division Game in Match-Fixing Probe

July 29, 2013

The president of the Spanish Football League (LFP) has announced that a Segunda Division match in the 2012-13 season is under police investigation for match-fixing.

The Hercules vs. Sabadell match which ended 3-1 in favour of Hercules is the game in question, discount with the then-Sabadell defender Abraham Paz coming under scrutiny.

Hercules coach Quique Hernandez accused Paz of ‘selling himself, discount ’ an allegation the now Bnei Sakhnin player denies.

LFP president Javier Tebas told AS: “Recorded conversations have come to light and the league is aware of them.

“The Sabadell coach, Mr [Lluis] Carreras, informed the league about the conversations, and we have informed the police and filed a complaint to the Spanish Football Federation.

“The conversations took place in May, the Federation and the police know about it and it will be subject to legal process.”

Tebas was elected in April, one month after the match under investigation, and he quickly announced his intentions to act tough on teams involved in match-fixing.

“We want a clean sport and so sanctions should be put in place, such as automatic relegation or points deduction,” he said. “Our sport and our competition must be clean.

“The worst thing would be to know about these things and not denounce them. We must have an image of promoting clean sport.

“I have to recognise that up until now this subject has been treated as a minority issue.”