, Leeds United player included in group investigated on match fixing allegations

Leeds United player included in group investigated on match fixing allegations

Samu Saiz was a fresh breath of life when Leeds United first signed him from Spanish side SD Huesca. He brought that panache and flair that the Whites had been missing in the #10 slot.

However,allegations coming from Spanish source RTVE is far more serious than anything that he has accomplished on the pitch. RTVE are reporting that Saiz is amongst a number of players included in a group being investigated for alleged involvement in match-fixing.

Mentioned alongside Saiz are former Leeds United loanee Raul Bravo, who the Whites once had on loan from Real Madrid. Adding to the group of players/ex-players are Borja Fernandez, Inigo Montaña and Carlos Aranda. Adding to this list are Agustin Lasaosa and Juan Carlos Galindo-Lanuza, both staff members at SD Huesca from whom Leeds signed Saiz in 2017.

RTVE add a little colour in their brief article by adding that Spain’s national police force “have arrested several people…as alleged members of a criminal organisation dedicated to the rigging of football matches…to obtain benefits in sports betting.”

Fellow Spanish media source AS add that ‘police sources’ have told Servimedia “the leader of the organisation would be Raul Bravo.” AS also say that Aragon TV are reporting that the national police are “in Huesca’s offices” and are making “a register” of sorts. They postulate that the alleged incidents “would have happened during last season, the 17/18 (season) and the previous one, the 16/17 (season).”

The news is sure to be of a shock to Leeds United fans who had reconciled themselves to the fact that Saiz would not be returning to Elland Road. It was only yesterday that reports came through that one Spanish top-tier side was showing interest in Saiz.

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