Former Osasuna director admits to match-fixing in Spain
MADRID (AP) — A former director of Spanish club Osasuna said Tuesday the team made payments to fix Spanish league results more than five years ago.
Ángel Vizcay told a judge in a match-fixing trial that the payments were made to try to keep Osasuna in the first division both in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
He said separate payments of 150,000 euros ($166,000) were made to players of Real Betis and Valladolid as incentive to win matches, while 400,000 euros were given to Getafe players to lose a game against Osasuna.
The following season, he said 400,000 euros were paid to already-relegated Betis to win a match against an Osasuna rival, in addition to 250,000 euros to lose against Osasuna. He said 250,000 euros were also given to Espanyol to secure a draw in its match against Osasuna.
Then-Osasuna president Miguel Archanco denied the club made any payments for other teams to lose matches, but admitted paying the 400,000 euros as an extra incentive to Betis to win a match that could have benefited Osasuna in 2014.
Osasuna escaped relegation in 2013, but not in 2014.
The match-fixing probe began after Vizcay’s confession to the Spanish league. He was one of 11 people charged in what is the second high-profile match-fixing trial in Spain in recent months.
Among those acquitted was former México coach Javier Aguirre. Two former Zaragoza officials were convicted of fraud and given a 15-month prison sentence.
Three former Betis players are among those charged in the Osasuna case.