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La Liga players arrested in match-fixing raid – ESPN

Spanish police have announced they expect to make 11 arrests, with the group including current and former La Liga players, as part of an ongoing raid into match-fixing in the country’s top three divisions.

The action is being carried out in several regions of Spain as part of operation “Oikos,” following an investigation by a court in Huesca regarding suspected gambling-motivated match-fixing in Spanish football.

A police statement on Tuesday said: “Police agents are carrying out an operation against an organisation allegedly involved in match-fixing in professional football.

“Eleven people are expected to be detained, including current and former players from the first division, as well as club presidents and executives.

“The investigation has allowed us to corroborate that those investigated reached agreements with different players to ‘fix’ at least three games relating to the [Spanish] first, second and third divisions.

“One of those games fixed, the second division game, had a strong impact on bets, with [betting] companies registering a volume of money 14 times higher than usual for that division.”

Spanish news agency Europa Press said two of those arrested play for La Liga teams, though none of the country’s top clubs were apparently involved.