Manchester United’s Ander Herrera has denied claims of match-fixing from his time playing in Spain.
Spanish authorities have reopened an investigation into a game played between Levante and Herrera’s former team Real Zaragoza in 2011, which Zaragoza won 2-1 and saved them from relegation with Deportivo La Coruna going down instead.
It is claimed that 42 individuals could face trial (including players and club officials) with prison sentences likely, but any trial date would be over six months away.
Herrera issued a statement similar to a previous statement in 2014, but now that the case has been reopened there is the possibility of him standing trial.
“As I stated back in 2014 when this issue was raised, I have never had and will never have anything to do with manipulating match results. If I am ever called to testify in a judicial hearing, I will be delighted to attend as my conscience is totally clear. I love football and I believe in fair play, both on and off the pitch.”
According to reports in Spain the allegations surround payments being placed into the accounts of Levante players by officials connected with Zaragoza.