Spanish soccer golf equipment Villarreal and Getafe have denied any wrongdoing after nationwide media reported on Friday that police are investigating potential match-fixing in a 2-2 draw between the 2 golf equipment in La Liga final yr.
“Villarreal and its first crew want to present their absolute rejection of the accusations made at this time and categorically deny being concerned in any approach in fixing the sport towards Getafe on the ultimate day of final season,” stated a membership assertion.
“Because it has accomplished on repeated events, the membership condemns any conduct that damages the essence of sport and competitors and stresses that the values of transparency, ethics, integrity and truthful play are elementary to its philosophy.”
Getafe additionally launched a press release saying the membership “want to categorically deny any involvement with this matter and the sort of conduct”.
Newspaper El Pais reported that the match was being checked out as a part of Operation Oikos, which was launched final yr and led to 11 folks being arrested on suspicion of forming a match-fixing group to revenue from betting on video games.
La Liga confirmed it had opened a confidential file as a part of Operation Oikos however added that particulars of the case wouldn’t be made public till it goes to trial.
The court docket based mostly within the metropolis of Huesca that El Pais stated was investigating the case couldn’t be reached for remark.
“Operation Oikos happened because of an accusation by La Liga, which has joined the case as a non-public plaintiff, and can take all authorized measures essential to make clear the information which might be beneath investigation,” La Liga stated in a press release.
Getafe needed to beat Villarreal to face an opportunity of qualifying for Europe`s elite Champions League membership competitors forward of Valencia. Villarreal had nothing to play for.
Valencia`s 2-Zero win at Actual Valladolid on the identical day, nevertheless, meant that within the occasion Getafe couldn’t have certified for the Champions League even when that they had overwhelmed Villarreal.
5 former Osasuna administrators and two former Actual Betis gamers got jail sentences final month following an investigation into match-fixing in 2013 and 2014, the primary ever convictions for sporting corruption in Spanish soccer.