Last updated on September 3, 2019
Spain’s first important match-fixing trial started Tuesday with former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera one of 42 defendants billed over a’defendant’ 2011 match involving his former club Real Zaragoza and Levante. The accused made no remarks as they arrived in the court in the eastern town of Valencia for the beginning of proceedings that are anticipated to last till September 30. Real Zaragoza’s 2-1 triumph on May 21, 2011, the final game of this season, spared the club relegation in the Spanish first division.
However, it triggered an investigation by Spain’s anti-corruption prosecutors’ office over defendant payments to playing coaches and staff. He’s one of the accused together with Herrera, who transferred to Paris Saint-Germain on the summer on a free transfer from Old Trafford.
Real Zaragoza’s trainer at the time,” Mexico’s Javier Aguirre, can be on trial. Aguirre was sacked as Japan’s trainer in 2015 over his ruling in the scandal.
Prosecutors suspect Real Zaragoza deposited 965,000 euros ($1,000,000) from the bank account of a number of its players and training staff to ensure they, then, can bribe Levante players to intentionally lose the match.
Additional match-fixing scandals have erupted in Spain through the years. As lately as In May police detained several former and current players as part of a probe to some match-fixing gang which allegedly operated in the nation’s first and second branches.