Match fixing has become a wide spread epidemic throughout the football world, and recorded statements from Spanish league players, managers and presidents in the First and Second Divisions show that Spanish football isn’t exempt.
“I went to play against Levante and the coach, in the pre-match team talk, told us: ‘We’re going to play, to jump, to compete and to score. If we score a goal, they will equalise, and if they score a goal against us, we will equalise. If, in the 85th minute, the scores are level, we give up and that’s it’. We both needed a draw. We finished 0-0. In the talk, he told us not to fake it the whole way through the match. It was laughable”, an anonymous First Division player told MARCA. Continue reading Spanish League players, coaches, and presidents admit to match fixing
As widespread claims of match fixing have overtaken the football landscape, La Liga has found they haven’t been able to escape being linked with many of the accusations. While Spanish Football League president Javier Tebas downplayed the extent of fixing throughout the league, he offered his commitment to seeing it disappear.
“The problem affects a small minority – maybe 1% – but it is a cancer that needs to be eradicated,” Tebas said. “If it isn’t remedied immediately, it could spread and end up killing the sport. I will not rest [until it is dealt with].”
Deportivo president Augusto César Lendoir has told much of a different story, claiming rigging is a much bigger issue than is believed. “Almost all the final matches of past seasons have been rigged in one way or another. Past cases will come into the spotlight, which even the odd Comunidad Autónoma (Autonomous Region) president should be asked about.”
The LFP continues to investigate the alleged accusations.