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Match-fixing in football: Spanish police make arrests in top two divisions

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    Among those arrested were Huesca president Agustín Lasaosa, Juan Carlos Galindo Lanuza, the club’s chief of medical staff, former Real Madrid defender Raúl Bravo, recently retired Valladolid midfielder Borja Fernández, Carlos Aranda, who played for Granada, Levante and Sevilla after coming through the ranks at Madrid, and Deportivo defender Íñigo López. Match-fixing in football: Spanish police make arrests in top two divisions
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Police in Spain have made a number of arrests as part of an investigation into match-fixing. Reports are emerging in Spain of several arrests in a wide-ranging investigation into alleged match-fixing during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons in Primera and Segunda with players from both divisions and the president of Huesca implicated in the case.

Current and former players as well as club executives - reportedly from the country's top two divisions - have been detained.

"The police action follows complaints about possible match-fixing in a May 2018 match from La Liga to the Spanish authorities," said a La Liga spokesman.

La Liga has reported a further eight possible match-fixing cases to police.

Several Primera and Segunda players have also been detained in a wide-ranging probe into alleged betting fixes during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

Reports are emerging in Spain of several arrests in a wide-ranging investigation into alleged match-fixing during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons in Primera and Segunda with players from both divisions and the president of Huesca implicated in the case.

The investigation is currently centred on a suspected betting ring, according to a report on Tuesday morning published by Spanish media outlet Servimedia.

Among those arrested were Huesca president Agustín Lasaosa, Juan Carlos Galindo Lanuza, the club’s chief of medical staff, former Real Madrid defender Raúl Bravo, recently retired Valladolid midfielder Borja Fernández, Carlos Aranda, who played for Granada, Levante and Sevilla after coming through the ranks at Madrid, and Deportivo defender Íñigo López.

"During the 2018/19 season La Liga has filed eight complaints with the general commissioner of the judicial police for alleged acts related to match-fixing in lower divisions of Spanish football and international friendlies played in Spain," said a La Liga statement.

"We have also sent alerts to the general directorate of gaming on 18 football matches for possible identification and sanction of players from lower divisions who could have bet on their competition."

The statement added: "We thank the police for the extraordinary work done to dismantle what appears to be an organised criminal group dedicated to obtaining economic benefits through the predetermination of football matches.

"This police operation demonstrates the effectiveness of integrity protection systems implemented by La Liga to protect the cleanliness of all competitions in Spanish football.

"La Liga continues to fight to eradicate any scourge against fair play in Spanish football."