Spanish soccer rocked by yet another investigation into La Liga match-fixing – Washington Post

La Liga is specifically concerned about several games played by Real Valladolid, according to Agence France-Presse. That club is majority-owned by former Brazilian football star Ronaldo. Among the contests was a 2-0 loss to Valencia on May 18, the final day of the season, a game Valencia needed to win to ensure a spot in the Champions League.

“Bets on the game were more plentiful than usual,” the Spanish newspaper Marca reported, and Valencia’s two goals were the result of some shaky defensive play by the home side Valladolid:

Spanish authorities also have detained Agustin Lasaosa, the president of SD Huesca, which had a one-season stay in the country’s top flight in 2018-19 but was relegated back to the second division after finishing 19th out of 20 teams. A source told AFP that the Huesca interest stems from its time in the second division.

Both Marca and AFP say Spanish police have targeted a number of current and former players, including former Real Madrid player Raul Bravo, who is described as the “ringleader” of the match-fixing scheme; Borja Fernandez, who played the last two seasons for Valladolid before recently retiring (his final game was the aforementioned contest against Valencia, in which he started and was the