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Ajudge in Huesca has heard from Carlos Aranda, the man said to be at the heart of the match-fixing scandal that has shocked Spanish football.
Aranda, though, maintained that he has never spoken about fixing a match and he lamented the way gambling has hurt the sport.
“There’s a need to be realistic, betting has shattered and corrupted the world of football,” he said, as reported by El Mundo after they gained access to the video of his declaration.
Aranda went on to insist that he isn’t involved in paying for certain outcomes.
“I’ve never spoken with anyone in my life about buying a match,” he said.
“What happens is that if I go with a slip to make a bet then everyone sees it.
“Given that I was a player, people think that I know more than others.
“But I don’t have the financial resources to buy a match.” Hint Fixed Matches
LaLiga president Javier Tebas has insisted that incidences of match-fixing would eventually decrease if players reported their teammates.
The recent ‘Oikos Operation‘ Hint Fixed Matchesscandal has seen several current and former players investigated, with some being arrested, for match-fixing.
“We have to keep working on this aspect, there’s still a certain Omertà [Southern Italian code of silence],” Tebas said at the New Economic Forum on Wednesday.
“If these incidences are stopped from the dressing room, they wouldn’t continue from the first moment.
“If a teammate makes a complaint, it wouldn’t continue.” Hint Fixed Matches
Tebas refused to comment about possible punishments for clubs involved in the ‘Oikos Operation‘ but did commend the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for their suspension of Inigo Lopez.
Carlos Aranda is one of the ringleaders in the recent match-fixing case and Tebas admitted that LaLiga have known about him for a while.
“We knew that Aranda was dodgy more than four years ago, before this we had a detective follow him for 30 days,” Tebas said.
Much of the ‘Oikos Operation‘ has circulated around benefitting from bets and the LaLiga president insists that they are monitoring the betting industry.
“The modus operandi of betting hasn’t surprised us. We’ve reported eight alerts in the betting market this year,” he said. Hint Fixed Matches
“[These cases] are harmful. We have to cure them.”