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Javier Tebas says La Liga is on top of match-fixing scandal

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La Liga president Javier Tebas assured everyone the match-fixing scandal in Spain is a very minor issue and is under control.

Seven arrests were made in the past week amid an ongoing police investigation into alleged match-fixing involving Spain’s top-three leagues.

Spanish police conducted nine searches across the entire country for evidence involving match-fixing, money laundering and criminal gangs.

A complaint was initially filed in May 2018 over a La Liga 2 match between SD Huesca and Gimnastic de Tarragona. It claimed there was a big rise in betting for the fixture, with punters waging 14 times the normal amount of cash they use for gambling.

Former Real Madrid defender Raul Bravo was arrested for the match-fixing scandal. It’s been alleged that he was the ringleader behind the criminal activity.

The Huesca president, Agustín Lasaosa, has also been detained along with club doctor Galindo Lanuza. Several other players and officials are under investigation themselves.

“For the moment, we do not know what is going to happen, we have not been able to talk to the president who, as soon as possible, will give the appropriate explanations,” Huesca lawyer Pedro Camarero told EFE.

But Tebas has assured La Liga fans that the match-fixing scandal hasn’t spread very far.

“It’s impossible that it would be like a monastery, that everyone are monks, that nothing ever happens,”  said the 56-year-old, via BBC.

“We are convinced because we work a lot on this issue.

“We have intelligence teams that are investigating it. In professional football, we have very little in terms of match-fixing.”

Tebas added: “What I find strange is that it doesn’t exist in other places – that nobody thinks there is a network, even a very small one, of match-fixing.”

VIGO, SPAIN – MAY 04: A detailed view of match balls ahead of the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and FC Barcelona at Abanca-Balaidos on May 4, 2019 in Vigo, Spain. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)