In its latest crackdown on match-fixing, the Spanish police have arrested several football players in the country for their alleged involvement in sports gambling and match-fixing. Those detained are former and current players of the country’s top two football clubs.
The arrests have been made in connection to the complaints and reports of match-fixing in a La Liga tournament which happened in May 2018. Following the investigations, the Spanish police have arrested several football players, and further interrogations are underway.
It is also being reported that in all its probability there was “an organized criminal group,” behind the match-fixing.
La Liga has also reported at least eight more cases of what it believes is match-fixing. The Spanish authorities have said that they are committed to dismantling the nexus behind sports gambling and match-fixing.
Commenting on the investigations, a La Liga spokesman said: “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.
“This police operation demonstrates the effectiveness of integrity protection systems implemented by La Liga to protect the cleanliness of all competitions in Spanish football.”
While the investigations are ongoing, there is more to follow, and possibilities of further arrests could not be denied.