Friday, 3 May 2013

The Frogs And The Turks - Match-Fixing Spanish Style

Deportivo Chairman Augusto César Lendoiro - Does The Former Partido Popular Politician Really Look Like The Sort Of Man Who Might Fix Football Matches?

Last month's match between Levante and Deportivo La Coruna in Spain's La Liga was fixed.
Deportivo (the Turks) won 4-0.

Levante (the Frogs) had little to play for while Deportivo's win enabled them to move out of the relegation positions for the first time this season.

As you will see below, there was little attempt at challenging the opening three goals in the first half hour.

The match-fixing was illuminated when Levante midfielder Javi Barkero accused his team-mates of not trying in the first half during the half-time interval.

Barkero has now changed his mind: "I have asked for forgiveness from everyone and especially my four colleagues whom I have wrongly accused."

Well, if nothing fishy was going on then perhaps Barkero and his chums might like to elaborate on the insider trading on the match- it wasn't only professionals who were shorting Levante.

New La Liga president, Javier Tebas, knows the score though...
Referring to clubs accepting payments to lose games from teams threatened with relegation, he said: "We have to take a step further in denouncing something that is happening, in isolation, but it is taking place. This must be ended and the clubs are in agreement with me."

Including Levante and Deportivo?

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