Valladolid and Valencia stirred up the pot after a judge ruled the teams fixed their final match, with key players being aware of the scandal.
In the final game of LaLiga, Valencia scored a goal against Valladolid and a one that now may cost the league some serious credibility.
As it turns out, a judge has ruled that the match was purposely fixed. Still, he also noted that Valencia’s team had no awareness of the ‘silent agreement.’
In the past six months, a judge collected information and proof on the set-up game, with player Carlos Aranda becoming the lead suspect in the chaos.
In fact, in one of the recordings obtained as proof, Aranda supposedly says: “Look, brother, Valencia have to win the first half and in the second, OK?”
The match ended with a 2-0 win for Valencia.
Another tape also records Aranda saying “No one can find out about this and no one means no one, eh. Not your friends, no one.”
The very same day, wiretaps revealed that he called his bookmakers in Málaga, noting, “Bet €10,000 and you’ll take €20,000.”
Aside from Aranda, Valladolid’s captain Borja Fernández also made part of the incident.
Still, the players deny any participation in the fraud.
Gustavo Mateos, Borja’s rep, noted for Radio Marca: “He has no doubt about his honor but he is worried. He has asked me to tell the people of Valladolid not to doubt him, that they [can] trust in their captain.”
“Everything will be cleared up. He is sunk. He answered every question: he is the person most interested in finding out what has happened.”
Aranda, who was taken in for questioning, came back saying, “In the end, they have put in [prison] those who have the least guilt.”
“I would like to thank the people from jail, the people from Zaragoza in prison and Huesca. We don’t know why [we’re here]. That’s why we came because we don’t know [why] and nor do they.”
Still, you cannot help but wonder- what the heck happened in that game?