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Villarreal and Getafe deny match-fixing

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Villarreal and Getafe deny match-fixing

Villarreal and Getafe deny match-fixing

Villarreal and Getafe deny wrongdoing following reports police are investigating possible match-fixing in match between the two La Liga clubs last year.

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SHOWS: VILLARREAL, SPAIN (MAY 15, 2020) (LA LIGA HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL) 1.

VARIOUS OF VILLARREAL PLAYERS RUNNING DRILLS DURING TRAINING SESSION 2.

VILLARREAL COACH, JAVIER CALLEJA, WEARING A MASK AND GIVING INSTRUCTION 3.

CENTRE-FORWARD, PACO ALCACER, TRAINING WITH BUNGEE CORD 4.

CLOSE-UP OF ANOTHER PLAYER TRAINING WITH BUNGEE CORD 5.

ALCACER RUNNING DRILL AND SHOOTING GOAL 6.

VARIOUS OF PLAYERS STRETCHING AND WARMING UP 7.

CENTRE-BACK, RAMIRO FUNES MORI, JOGGING 8.

LEFT BACK, ALBERTO MORENO, RUNNING A DRILL AND KICKING BALL INTO MINIATURE GOAL 10.

MORENO JOGGING 11.

FUNES MORI RUNNING A DRILL 12.

WIDE OF PITCH, PLAYERS JOGGING 13.

FUNES MORI JOGGING 14.

MORENO JOGGING 15.

VARIOUS MORE OF PLAYERS JOGGING GETAFE, SPAIN (MAY 15, 2020) (LA LIGA HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL) 16.

CENTRE-BACK, CHEMA, DOING BOX JUMPS AND RUNNING 17.

VARIOUS OF GETAFE PLAYERS RUNNING AS THEY WARM UP 18.

GOALKEEPER, LEANDRO CHICHIZOLA, DOING BOX JUMPS AND DRILLING SAVES 19.

MIDFIELDER, MARC CUCURELLA, RUNNING DRILL AND SHOOTING GOAL 20.

STAFF SANITIZING EQUIPMENT 21.

SQUAD JOGGING ON PITCH 22.

RIGHT BACK, ALLAN NYOM, RUNNING 23.

LEFT BACK, VITORINO ANTUNES, DRILLING STORY: Spanish soccer clubs Villarreal and Getafe have denied any wrongdoing after national media reported on Friday (May 15) that police are investigating possible match-fixing in a 2-2 draw between the two clubs in La Liga last year.

"Villarreal and its first team wish to show their absolute rejection of the accusations made today and categorically deny being involved in any way in fixing the game against Getafe on the final day of last season," said a club statement.

"As it has done on repeated occasions, the club condemns any conduct that damages the essence of sport and competition and stresses that the values of transparency, ethics, integrity and fair play are fundamental to its philosophy." Getafe also released a statement saying the club "wish to categorically deny any involvement with this matter and this type of conduct".

Newspaper El Pais reported that the match was being looked at as part of Operation Oikos, which was launched last year and led to 11 people being arrested on suspicion of forming a match-fixing group to profit from betting on games.

La Liga confirmed it had opened a confidential dossier as part of Operation Oikos but added that details of the case would not be made public until it goes to trial.

Getafe had to beat Villarreal to stand a chance of qualifying for Europe's elite Champions League club competition ahead of Valencia.

Villarreal had nothing to play for.

Valencia's 2-0 win at Real Valladolid on the same day, however, meant that in the event Getafe could not have qualified for the Champions League even if they had beaten Villarreal.

Five former Osasuna directors and two former Real Betis players were given jail sentences last month following an investigation into match-fixing in 2013 and 2014, the first ever convictions for sporting corruption in Spanish football.




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