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Former Osasuna manager recognizes match-buying and rigging – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Former Osasuna manager recognizes match-buying and rigging - SPANISH FOOTBALL 1

There have been no surprises on the second day of the trial for the Osasuna case. The exmanager of the Navarrese club, Angel
Vizcay, has recognized payments to other teams in seasons 12/13 and 13/14 to riggmatch the last days of The League, a testimony that gives credence to the imputation of a crime for transgaming.orgs corruption for which six former managers of the entity are charged and three former Betis players –Antonio Amaya, Jordi Figueras and Xavier Torres.

Origin of the case by its confession to the League, Vizcay admitted the purchase of matches in two seasons, a performance that, he has highlighted, was debated and approved by the Board of Directors of Osasuna, then under the mandate Miguel
Archanco. Specifically, the former manager has pointed out that the Navarrese club influenced three games of the 12/13 season. He paid 150,000 euros to Valladolid and many others to the Betis for beating, respectively, Deportivo and Celtic, rivals for the permanence of Osasuna. It also gave another 400,000 euros to the Getafe for letting yourself be lost in Pamplona.


Osasuna paid 250,000 euros to Betis for losing himself on the last day of 12/13

The modus operandi was repeated the following season. As he explained in court, the red club paid 250,000 euros to Espanyol players in exchange for the tie at Cornellá on the penultimate day of Liga, which saved the parakeet team and maintained options to remain in Primera to the Navarrese. That same day, Osasuna gave 400,000 euros to betis players – already relegated – for beating Valladolid, something that was fulfilled. “They were down and maybe they didn’t come out with enough motivation,” he said.

The pact with the green players involved also included the 38th round, in which Betis visited Pamplona. Osasuna – won 2-1 – paid another 250,000 euros to the footballers for letting them miss that match, but the three points did not help the Navarrese to retain the category and were relegated to Second as the last qualifiers.

On the other hand, the process, which will run until 28 February, also includes accusations of misappropriation, corporate, falsifying in commercial documents and forgery of annual accounts against the former leaders of the entity and two real estate agents, who would have taken more than 2.5 million of the club unjustified.

Former betis players Jordi Figueras (i) and Xabier Torres (d), arrive at the Audiencia Provincial de Navarra
(Jesus Diges / EFE)