Former Real Madrid defender and borrower of Leeds, Raul Bravo, has been sent to prison by a judge investigating an alleged match scandal.
38-year-old Spaniard and Malaga-born retired footballer Carlos Aranda, who played for a series of clubs including Villarreal and Granada, were both told they were sent to a local prison after appearing in court in the northern Spanish city of Huesca on Thursday.
But both men had the chance to restore their freedom if they paid a deposit of £ 88,275 (€ 100,000) each.
Former Real Madrid defender Raul Bravo will spend Thursday night in a prison cell in Zaragoza
The Spanish police are investigating an alleged competition scandal and expect to arrest 11 people
It was not immediately clear whether the couple intended to pay and how quickly they could get the money, even though they were taken to court by a police bus and were to sleep in the Zuera prison near Zaragoza on Thursday night.
Bravo, described as the suspected leader of the alleged match-fixing ring, and Aranda were the only two of the six detainees who were brought to court on Thursday, who were told they were being held in custody awaiting an ongoing investigation .
The other four, including the recently retired Captain Borlada Fernandez and Huesca President Agustin Lasaosa, were saved but said they had to pay £ 44,140 (€ 50,000) within 10 days to stay free.
As part of their bail, they must also appear at court twice a month and not be allowed to leave Spain.
A judicial officer confirming the custody of Bravo and Aranda said: & # 39; Huesca Investigation Court has determined provisional prison for Raul Bravo and Carlos Aranda, which they can avoid by paying a deposit of each € 100,000.
(From above, from left to right) Spanish ex-players Raul Bravo, Borja Fernandez, Carlos Aranda and the Spanish president Agustin Lasaosa of SD Huesca have all been arrested
& # 39; Both are being investigated on suspicion of possibly being responsible for the crimes of membership of a criminal organization, sports corruption and fraud in connection with an ongoing court trial for suspected match falsification. & # 39;
Bravo, who started his career at Real Madrid, where he became David Beckham & # 39; s teammate, started in January 2003 with a six-month loan in Leeds.
He played for Spain at Euro 2004 in Portugal.
Leeds player Samuel Saiz is also linked to the alleged match-fixing claims, which led to a major police operation on Tuesday.
He was initially reported as one of the arrested, but it later turned out that he had been to a police station for interrogation before he was allowed to continue his vacation.
His partner Elena Milla later laughed at the messages about his arrest by posting images of him relaxing in a beach club in Ibiza.
Bravo (above) is described as the presumed leader of the alleged match fixation
The 28-year-old daddy of two, currently on loan to Getafe, on the side of Madrid, has insisted through a lawyer that he is innocent of any offense.
The Spanish police confirmed on Tuesday afternoon – a few hours after the news about the detentions broke for the first time – that they expected to arrest 11 people as part of an operation aimed at counterfeiting, including current and retired first and second division players.
The army said in the statement, in which it did not mention the detainees: & # 39; National police officers are conducting an operation against an organization that they claim would dedicate themselves to matching professional football matches.
& # 39; Under Operation Oikos, led by number five investigative body in the city of Huesca, nine searches will be conducted in different parts of the country in connection with crimes of matching sports matches, money laundering and criminal organizations .
Former player of Vallodolid Borja Fernandez is one of the four others who have been arrested but released on bail
& # 39; Eleven people are being arrested, including active and retired football players from the first division, football players from the second division who are still playing, as well as the presidents and head of a club.
& # 39; The research has enabled investigators to confirm that the investigated parties have made agreements with different players to set up at least three games in the first, second and third division.
& # 39; The match fixing attempted in the third division match failed, but the players involved agreed to compensate for the losses by repeating in the future.
& # 39; One of the matchfixes, a split game, caused gambling firms to see a 14-fold increase in the stakes bet compared to normal volumes for this division. & # 39;
In his statement, the force explained how the determination took place, from the selection of games that ideally took place at the beginning or the end of the season, up to the recruitment process.
The spokesperson said: & # 39; Preference was given to targeting one of the captains. Once they agreed to match fixing, the money was always paid in cash and in two stages, one before the game and once after the game when the required result was achieved.
Samuel Saiz of Leeds was interrogated by the police before he was allowed to continue his holiday
& # 39; With Operation Oikos, the National Police of Spain has strengthened its involvement in Spanish society and consolidated itself at the European level as a pioneer in investigating criminal structures that control sports and game fixation control.
Thursday's court sessions took place privately, as is normal in Spain, where only public trials take place.
In Spain, formal charges are only submitted shortly before the trial. The men who appeared before the court are all formal to & # 39; investigators & # 39; explained, which in Spain is literally & # 39; under investigation & # 39; means.
The ongoing judicial investigation is likely to take several months to complete.
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