Football Match Fixing
A match-fixing scandal has hit Spanish football with Valencia’s final day win at Real Valladolid among the games under suspicion.
The news came yesterday as 11 people were arrested for alleged match fixing including the president of Huesca football club.
The other names include former Spain and Real Madrid player Raul Bravo and Borja Fernandez, who’s now retired from football.
Carlos Aranda, a Real Madrid youth product who played for several top flight clubs and Íñigo López Montaña, a player of Deportivo de La Coruña and formerly of Huesca were also among the detainees.
There is said to be focus by the police operation on three games spread across the top three divisions.
Spain’s soccer federation gave its full backing to the police probe.
Javier Tebas, President of LaLiga, previously said that the operation could have been triggered by a complaint lodged by his organization.
The National Police began the probe by carrying out raids early yesterday beginning at Huesca’s headquarters.
A FOREST fire on the Costa del Sol has been brought under control.
29 forest firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze in Mijas, which was declared at 12:30 yesterday afternoon.
The fire, in the Entrerrios area was brought under control at around 2pm, and has been prevented from spreading further.
The site was still being monitored by 20 firefighters, three environmental officers and two technicians late yesterday.
At least one fire engine, a pumping system and two planes were involved in tackling the incident.
FOUR people are under arrest after Guardia Civil uncovered five so-called ‘narco flats’ in Roquetas de Mar.
The Guardia discovered 200 illegal connections to the electricity supply, which were being used to power equipment for indoor marijuana plantations in the apartments located in various parts of the municipality. Officers also seized 279 marijuana plants.
The four detainees, all from Roquetas, face charges of cultivating and producing drugs and defrauding the power company.
Russia summoned Spain’s ambassador to Moscow yesterday after acting Foreign Minister Josep Borrell referred to the country as an “old enemy”.
Borrell told newspaper El Periodico last week: “Russia, our old enemy, is once again saying, ‘here I am,’ and has returned as a threat, and China is also presenting itself as a rival.”
The ministry said the comment “damages the relations between Spain and Russia.
Spain’s Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment.
KING Juan Carlos I announced his retirement from public duty this coming Sunday exactly five years to the day since he abdicated in favour of his son, King Felipe VI.
Juan Carlos will retain his Royal title and his status as an official member of the Royal family.
Although he will retire on Sunday, Queen Sofía will continue with her own Royal engagements, including work on behalf of the numerous charities she patronises.