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Real Zaragoza

Aguirre situation a difficult one to watch

The Japan Football Association (JFA) confirm on Tuesday that coach Javier Aguirre has been sacked over match-fixing allegations.

I would like to do it. I was tempted, I controlled myself, sat on my hands, held my breath and closed my eyes. I want stick my neck out for him. I'm tempted to do it. I want to but can't. I can but don't want to. It's a tricky situation.

There are two things at stake here. The most important thing is his credibility as a person, as a man, and as a father. But also a powered reputation earned on the field as a soccer player and coach and a situation where he could even be put in jail.

My perception...

Ander Herrera and Gabi set for court appearances in match-fixing case

The Japan Football Association (JFA) confirm on Tuesday that coach Javier Aguirre has been sacked over match-fixing allegations.
Japan coach Javier Aguirre rubbished allegations that he was part of a match-fixing scandal which has rocked world football.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera and Atletico Madrid captain Gabi are due to appear in a Spanish court to give evidence in a case regarding the alleged match-fixing of a May 2011 La Liga clash between Levante and Real Zaragoza.

Forty-two individuals have reportedly been charged with involvement in an alleged fixing of the game at Levante's Ciutat de Valencia stadium -- 36 players from the two teams, and directors and team officials including ex-Zaragoza coach Javier Aguirre.

The case has...

 By Lee Roden

Spain's fallen giants struggle to claw their way back to La Liga

Leo Baptistao of Real Betis arrives, while a banner asks for players who are fit to wear the shirt as relegation neared last May.

The Estadio Benito Villamarin in Sevilla holds 52,500 people. Bigger than Anfield, Stamford Bridge or the Etihad, it is a ground built for top-flight football, occupied by the sixth-most-supported team in Spain.

This season it has to make do with life in the Segunda. In the same year that Real Betis came within a penalty shootout of the Europa League quarterfinals, a miserable 25 points from 38 league games saw them relegated to the second division. Mismanaged on financial, institutional and sporting...

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Javier Aguirre will discuss match-fixing allegations with media before Dec. 29

Javier Aguirre will retain his post as the national coach amid allegations of his involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Spain.

Javier Aguirre will hold a news conference before Dec. 29 to discuss Spain's match-fixing allegations against him, the Japan Football Association said on Monday.

The precise date of the conference was not given, but Japan and Spanish media reported that it would be held prior to the team's Dec. 29 training sessions for the Asian Cup. Aguirre has not spoken about the match-fixing allegations since they were made public on Dec. 15.

JFA technical director Hiromi Hara said he wanted to hold the conference...

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Ander Herrera: My conscience is totally clear over Liga match-fixing probe

ESPN FC's Spain correspondent Sid Lowe explains the match-fixing probe ongoing in Spain.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says his "conscience is totally clear" after being named in an alleged case of match-fixing in Spain.

Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and Japan coach Javier Aguirre are reportedly among the 41 defendants named by Spanish prosecutors investigating a La Liga game between Levante and Real Zaragoza on the final day of the 2010-11 season.

Herrera, 25, posted a message on his Facebook account on Tuesday saying: "In an on-going legal process involving Real...