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Match fixing

Real Madrid Castilla and Barça B on suspected fixed match list

El Confidencial has published a list of 51 games being investigated in Spain's lower divisions, including a 12-0 Barcelona B win.

Real Madrid Castilla and Barça B on suspected fixed match list

Real Madrid Castilla and Barça B (the two clubs' reserve sides) are included on a list of 51 games in the Spanish Segunda B, Tercera Division and Copa Federación being investigated for match fixing in relation to Asian betting houses, according to Spanish digital newspaper El Confidencial.

51 games over three seasons under the spotlight

The games in question took place over three seasons, 10 in 15/16, 26 in 16/17 and 15 this season (17/18). The game involving Barcelona B is the 12-0 thrashing they handed out to Eldense, which at the time raised immediate suspicion. An investigation was launched which revealed an international betting network related to Nobile Capuani, a boss at Eldense. Cheik Saad, then an Eldense player, revealed that four of his teammates had been involved and said Barcelona B had nothing to do with the result.

Meanwhile Real Madrid Castilla's visit to Cerceda this season, which finished 2-0 to the visitors, is also being investigated by the police.

200 police officers involved in investigations

According to El COnfidencial the games were fixed with the collaboration of various players, with two former players in touch with the players to control the outcome of matches in line with the match fixers' desires. Among these are believed to be five players who have been arrested, who plied their trade at Xerez, Jumilla, Águilas and Atlético Pulpileño. One of the supposed leaders is Jonan García, a former Athletic Club player, who according to sources consulted by this newspaper had looked at buying off match officials.

The 51 games under suspicion as published in El Confidencial

Season 2015-2016 Segunda División B Real Unión - La Roda Atlético Astorga - Racing de Ferrol Tercera División Paterna - CD Castellón Loja - Maracena Mora - Marchamalo EC Granollers - Santfeliuenc FC Recambios Colón - Novelda Acero - Recambios Colón UD San Pedro-Los Villares Atlético Sanluqueño-AD Ceuta Season 2016-2017 Segunda B Baleares-Gavá El Ejido-La Roda Linares-Melilla Arandina-Racing de Santander Racing de Ferrol-Coruxo Cornellá-Eldense Barcelona B-Eldense Villarreal B-Eldense Atlético Baleares-Eldense Eldense-Gavá Tercera División Écija Balompié-Sevilla C Atlético Espeleño-Alcalá CD Rincón-Dos Hermanas Atarfe-Guadix Zafra-Olivenza Marchamalo-Talavera de la Reina Alcalá-Écija Balompié Alcalá-Atlético Espeleño Atarfe-Loja Atlético Espeleño-San Roque de Lepe EAN Vanguardia-Yeclano Deportivo Alcorcón B-Getafe B Vélez-Atarfe Murcia B-Águilas Copa Federación Ponferradina-Tenisca Badajoz-Atlético Mancha Current season 2017/2018 Segunda B Jumilla-Écija Balompié Cerceda-Real Madrid Castilla UD Gijón Industrial-Unión Langreo La Hoya Lorca B-EAN Vanguardia Alcalá-San Roque de Lepe Xerez-Olivenza Xerez-Alcalá Lebrijana-Xerez Astorga-Real Burgos Lebrijana-Alcalá Alcalá-Sevilla C Málaga B-Atarfe Becerril-Virgen del Carmen UD Gijón Industrial-Unión Langreo Atlético Espeleño-Arcos

The operation against match fixing in Spain's lower divisions has seen around 200 police officers involved, under the control of Court Number 1 in Zafra, with the help of LaLiga and Federbet, a non profit organisation that seeks to stamp out match fixing.


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