Spanish Liga launches match-fixing investigation

The Spanish Liga top-tier club football competition has launched an investigation into a possible case of match-fixing involving a game during the 2010-11 season.

According to the BBC, the game under investigation is the Real Zaragoza v Levante match that took place at the end of the season.

Zaragoza won the game 2-1 and avoided relegation as a result.

In a statement, the state prosecutor’s office in Madrid said it had “started procedures to investigate match-fixing and has summoned players implicated for questioning on 2 October”.

Both clubs have denied any wrongdoing and said they will fully cooperate with the investigation.

Spanish league president Javier Tebas in June 2013 included the match in a list of nine games that the league was investigating for possible match-fixing.

If the investigation does uncover match-fixing, the case will be brought to a judge.

Spain classes match-fixing as a crime and can lead to prison sentences for individuals involved and a club to be banned from competitions.

Meanwhile, the Times of India newspaper has also reported that police in Bangalore have busted a cricket betting syndicate with the arrest of four bookmakers from R T Nagar.

Phone call records from the four bookmakers revealed that they were in touch with punters across India as well as their counterparts in Dubai.

Police seized a number of items from an apartment in Sultanpalya such as money, 24 mobile phones and a cash-counting machine.

Police are also investigating links to any match-fixing angles in the Champions Twenty20 League club competition.

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