Spanish police are investigating Leeds United, forward Samuel Saiz, on suspicion of game falsification between League and 11 after he has been arrested – including & # 39; leader & # 39; ex-Real Madrid star Raul Bravo
- Spanish police have reportedly arrested members of a criminal gambling ring
- Samuel Saiz, on loan to Getafe from Leeds, is supposed to be investigated
- Ex-Real Madrid defender Raul Bravo would have been the leader
- The police operation is reportedly fueled by a two-division competition
- Home side Huesca, who had already been promoted to La Liga, lost 1-0 to Nastic, who fought to stay in the second division at the moment
Leeds forward Samuel Saiz is currently being investigated in Spain about alleged match fixing in La Liga, according to reports.
A spokesperson for the Spanish National Police confirmed that an operation is ongoing & # 39; with the former Real Madrid player Raul Bravo, who would also have been detained.
He has been described as the suspected leader of a criminal organization that is committed to gambling-motivated match-fixing of Spanish first and second division games.
Samuel Saiz of Leeds is reportedly being investigated about alleged match fixing in La Liga
Former Real Madrid star Raul Bravo is one of the other players suspected of being arrested
The police operation of Tuesday morning is said to have been caused last season by a second-distance game between Huesca and Nastic de Tarragona.
Home side Huesca, who had already been promoted to La Liga, lost 1-0 to Nastic, who fought to stay in the second division.
Nigerian Ikechukwu Uche scored the only goal of the game in May last year in the 72nd minute.
About 30 betting agencies and websites are said to have suspended betting after detecting an alarming rise in bets at a 0-0 draw at halftime and a win at the end of the game.
Francesco Baranco, secretary general of Federbet who fights against game falsification, described the movements as & # 39; crazy & # 39 ;.
An increased number of bets that raised suspicions were reportedly from Ukraine and Asia.
Spanish officers are supposed to have searched the headquarters of Sociedad Deportiva Huesca
Spanish police are deployed outside the SD Huesca headquarters during Tuesday's raid
The police, who waited here outside the Huesca headquarters, started working at 8.30 a.m.
The Spanish Football Association allegedly claimed its suspicions of possible match fixing before Tuesday's police operation with Spanish prosecutors.
Although several Spanish newspapers reported that Saiz had been arrested, the COPE radio station said it had confirmed that it was under investigation but had not been formally arrested.
The radio station published on its website: & # 39; Various media have said that Samuel Saiz, currently playing at Getafe, has also been arrested.
& # 39; But COPE journalist Gemma Santos has been able to confirm that the player has not been arrested. & # 39;
Gemma Santos tweeted: & # 39; That's right. Our reporting team has confirmed that Samu Saiz is not being arrested. & # 39;
Saiz has been loaned this season from Getafe and respected the newspapers El Mundo and ABC, referring to police sources, also named Inigo Lopez, player of RC Deportivo de la Coruna, and former footballer Borja Fernandez, who played for Real Valladolid when he put his boots on , as prisoners.
El Mundo and ABC, referring to police sources, have also mentioned Borja Fernandez as a prisoner
Deportivo de la Coruna's player Inigo Lopez has also been reported as a prisoner
The police operation started at 8.30 am and police officers were expected to search the headquarters of Sociedad Deportiva Huesca, who were just relegating from La Liga.
The club's president, Agustin Lasaosa, is reportedly arrested. In addition to falsifying competitions, the police are expected to accuse at least some of the detainees of money laundering.
The Spanish state channel TVE said that eleven arrests have taken place so far.
A spokesman for the national police of Spain said: "I can confirm that a police operation against match fixing is underway.
& # 39; I cannot confirm the names of the detainees currently circulating in the Spanish press.
& # 39; That is because the operation is still ongoing. & # 39;
Huesca & # 39; s president Agustin Lasaosa is reportedly arrested as part of the scandal
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