9 Dec, 2019 @ 19:33
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Former Manchester United star Ander Herrera among 36 players cleared of sport corruption by court in Spain

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Ander Herrera of Manchester United celebrates victory following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

A SPANISH court has cleared 36 players of match fixing, including former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.

A probe relating to the 2010-2011 season was launched after it was suspected that sporting corruption had taken place in a Levante-Zaragoza match.

The latter team won the match, which saw them avoid being relegated from La Liga, Spain’s top football league.

However, a pair of former Zaragoza officials were found guilty of fraud, with the club alleged to have paid their opponents €965,000 to throw the match in a bid to stay in the top flight.

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IN THE CLEAR: Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera found not guilty of match fixing

Herrera, who now plays for Paris St Germain, and former Atletico Madrid captain Gabi Fernandez – both ex-Zaragoza players – were among those on trial.

A court in Valencia found 41 people, including the players, not guilty, with the judge citing a lack of evidence.

However, 15-month jail sentences were handed to former Zaragoza president Agapito Iglesias and former financial director Javier Porquera.

The duo were found guilty of using club money to pay for €1.73 million in relegation bonuses for players.

In Spain if sentences are under two years, first-time offenders are usually allowed to skip jail for suspended sentences.

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