OSASUNA INVOLVED IN LA LIGA MATCH FIXING CASE
Osasuna’s former club secretary, Angel Vizcay, has claimed that the club had made a series of payments to Getafe and Real Betis to influence the outcome of matches during the 2012-2013 and 2013-14 seasons.
Vizcay claimed in a provincial court in Pamplona on Tuesday that Getafe had been paid €400,000 in cash to lose to Osasuna in 2013, while also paying €250,000 to Betis the following year for the same reason. He continued by stating that Betis were paid a further €400,000 as a ‘bonus incentive’ for beating Valladolid.
The issue stems below club executive level as Vizcay stated that one of the payments to Betis was made directly to three players. Xavi Torres, Jordi Figueras and Antonio Amaya are all reported to have accepted payments from the club, with Vizcay identifying Figueras and Torres during the court proceedings.
The players had allegedly collected the money in a garage in Seville. Amaya, who was present at the court case, is also on trial after he was identified as the recipient of the earlier payment.
Other allegations Vizcay made during the trial included paying Valladolid €150,000 as a win bonus to defeat Deportivo La Coruña; giving Betis the same sum to beat Celta Vigo, as well as €250,000 to Espanyol following a draw against Osasuna.
Miguel Archanco, Osasuna’s former club president, has denied the allegations made by Vizcay, claiming that the club had never paid players nor had they fixed any games. However, he has admitted to the €400,000 payment to Betis against Valladolid in 2014, this was seen as an incentive to the already relegated La Liga side.
The case in question is only investigating the payments made to Betis, no other accusations are being investigated. Court proceedings are still ongoing at present.