Spanish police make arrests in top two divisions over Match-fixing

Police in Spain have made a number of arrests as part of an investigation into match-fixing.

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.

“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 low-profile friendlies played between foreign clubs 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.

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