16 Dec 2014

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera named in match-fixing case

The Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, Japan’s manager, Javier Aguirre, Atl├ętico Madrid’s captain, Gabi, and 38 others have been named in an alleged case of match-fixing involving a La Liga match in the 2010-11 season.

Spain’s anti-corruption prosecutor filed its case in a Valencia court on Monday following an investigation into Real Zaragoza’s 2-1 win at Levante on the final day of the campaign, which meant Zaragoza avoided relegation.



The Mexican Aguirre was manager of Zaragoza at the time, while the Spaniards Herrera and Gabi were both playing for the club.

The former Zaragoza president Agapito Iglesias and the club itself were also named as defendants, along with the rest of the players from both teams.

In its court filing published on Monday, the prosecutor alleged that the Levante players were paid a total of €965,000 (£766,000) in cash to deliberately lose the game.

Zaragoza first made bank transfers to its players and officials, including Aguirre, Herrera and Gabi, and they then took the money out of their accounts in cash and passed it on to the Levante players, the prosecutor said.

The judge overseeing the case will now rule on whether to proceed with prosecution.

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