Former La Liga Players Jailed For Match Fixing

Two former La Liga players have been given a one-year prison sentence in the first successful match-fixing case in Spain.

Antonio Amaya and Xavier Torres, the two former Real Betis players, were charged of fixing two games during the 2013-14 season, whilst five former Osasuna directors were also convicted.

“La Liga is happy, not for the convictions of people, but to see a move forward against corruption in football,” Spanish League president Javier Tebas said in a statement.

According to the decision, then-Osasuna directors Miguel Archanco, Juan Antonio Pascual and Jesus Peralta, along with former club manager Angel Maria Vizcay, had worked with the two players to try to help Osasuna avoid relegation from the first division of Spain.

The court found that the two players had decided on a €400,000 reward if they wanted to defeat Osasuna’s relegation rivals Real Valladolid in the season’s penultimate game.

The former Real Betis players also received an extra payment of €250,000 for losing the final game of the season against Osasuna. The season’s last game ended in a 2-1 victory to Osasuna but as a result of other match results the side was still relegated.

The penalties  awarded ranged from eight years and eight months, handed over to Vizcay for misappropriation, forgery and sport corruption crimes. Meanwhile, Amaya and Torres were convicted for corruption in sport with one year sentences.