(Soccer fraud) Three ex-Real Betis players charged with match fixing

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Spanish judge has charged three former Real Betis players for alleged involvement in match-fixing three years ago. 

Former directors of Osasuna were also charged for allegedly paying 650,000 euros to Amaya Carazo, Jordi Figueras and Xavi Torres to help Osasuna stay in the first division in the 2013-14 season. 

Court documents released Thursday showed that the money was paid to have Betis defeat Osasuna rival Valladolid in the second-to-last round and to lose to Osasuna in the last round. 

Both results happened _ Betis defeated Valladolid 4-3 and lost to Osasuna 2-1 _ but all three clubs were relegated. Betis had been demoted several rounds in advance. 

Eighteen people were charged, most of them with links to Osasuna, including former president Miguel Archanco. The charges include fraud and sports corruption. 

Appeals can be filed.-AP