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Herrera's 'conscience clear' in case of alleged match-fixing

ESPN staff
December 16, 2014
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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says his "conscience is totally clear" after being named in an alleged case of match-fixing in Spain.

Herrera is reportedly among the 41 defendants named by Spanish prosecutors investigating a La Liga game between Levante and Real Zaragoza on the final day of the 2010-11 season.

The 25-year-old posted a message on his Facebook account on Tuesday saying: "In an on-going legal process involving Real Zaragoza [Spain], the club I was honoured to play from 12 until 22 years of age, there are 41 people cited as possible witnesses, of which I am one.

"I have never had and will never have anything to do with manipulating match results. If I am ever called to testify in any judicial hearing, I'll be happy to attend, as my conscience is totally clear.

"I love football and I believe in fair play, both on and off the pitch."

Atletico Madrid captain Gabi, who has also been named in the case, scored twice to secure victory for Zaragoza at Levante's Ciutat de Valencia ground.

Zaragoza's former president Agapito Iglesias, the club - as a legal person with criminal liability - and the rest of the players from both sets of teams are among the defendants in the court filing, which alleges that Levante's players received €965,000 (£766,000) in total to lose the game.

According to prosecutors, Zaragoza made bank transfers to their own players and officials, who then took the money out of their accounts in cash to give to Levante's players.

The investigating judge overseeing the case in Valencia will now decide whether to go ahead with the prosecution.

La Liga president Javier Tebas said of the case: "The actual truth is coming close to the legal truth, although it seemed that would not happen. But it has been possible thanks to the work of the anti-corruption prosecutor, a man with a lot of prestige."

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