Huesca vs Nàstic game investigated for match-fixing
According to El Confidencial, the movements ahead of and during the game were abnormal with heavy sums placed from Ukraine and Asia on the result.
The LaLiga 123 game between Huesca and Nàstic on Sunday is being investigated for match-fixing, according to a report in El Confidencial. Bookmakers around the world suspended betting on the game when inexplicable amounts of money started being put on the away side winning.
An hour and a half before the game kicked off, bets started pouring in from Ukraine that Nástic would win. And at half-time, bets from Asia starting coming in also. 30 of the 59 leaders in the betting industry suspended betting on the game as there was no reasonable way to explain the money that was being bet. During the game, a flood of money came in betting on a scoreless draw at the half, which is exactly what happened.
AS contacted LaLiga on Monday to ask the question about the Reus and Córdoba game, which was also under the microscope. LaLiga gave their usual response: "LaLiga investigates every game wheren even minimal suspicion or strange movements are detected, but it can not give any more details".
El Confidencial also contacts Francesco Baranca, who is the general secretay of Federbet, an international company that fights against illegal betting in sport. He confirmed that the betting on the game was completely abnormal. He confirmed that the beneficiaries of the betting could have landed as much as €10 million. Cities in Ukraine such as Kiev, Poltava, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Krosrosten and Odessa were mentioned and the amount of money being place suggest that the result was manipulated.
Nàstic midfielder, Javier Matilla, invited fans to watch the game back and said that Huesca came out with plenty of intensity from the start. "Whoever watches the game back will see that Huesca came out with intensity," he said.