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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera and Atletico Madrid captain Gabi have had court appearances in connection with the alleged fixing of a game between Levante and Real Zaragoza in May 2011 put back until close to the end of the season.
The case has so far seen 42 people called to appear in front of a judge -- 36 players and directors and officials including ex-Zaragoza coach Javier Aguirre.
Former Zaragoza midfielders Herrera and Gabi had both been due to appear at a court in Valencia on...
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.
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...
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...