Boadas speaks out on match-fixing

The president of Spanish second division club Girona has given details concerning two alleged attempts to fix matches.

Last Updated: 05/08/13 at 17:53 Post Comment

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The president of Spanish second division club Girona has given details concerning two alleged attempts to fix matches involving his team.

Joaquim Boadas gave details of both alleged incidents at a press conference at the National Sports Council in Madrid alongside the Spanish minister for sport, Miguel Cardenal, and the president of the Spanish Football League (LFP), Javier Tebas.

According to Boadas, the games in question were his side's 4-2 home defeat to Xerez on May 11, and a 1-0 win at Racing Santander on April 13.

Quoted in Marca, he told reporters: "I have knowledge that a few days before the game my former captain, Daniel Mallo, told me that a player from Xerez had asked him for 120,000 euros in exchange for them allowing us to win.

"We said that first of all we didn't have that kind of money, and even if we did, we wouldn't do it, because we win or lose on our own merits.

"Dani Mallo did the right thing. He made us see what had happened, that the Xerez players had agreed a direct bonus from other competitors.

"Considering the way in which their players celebrated after the game, which was inappropriate for a team that was already relegated, I protested."

Two days ago, Boadas told Marca: "What I want to know is who really paid for that game, who offered such a large amount of money to Xerez that it was enough to make them want to win the game so much?"

Boadas then talked about a meeting he held with Racing Santander earlier in the summer, in relation to their league meeting on April 13.

The Girona president claims that Racing tried to convince his club to declare they had fielded illegible players in the match, which Boadas' team won 1-0, so that the three points would be removed from Girona and transferred to Racing, meaning they would stay in the Segunda Division.

He said: "On July 2 we received a visit from some representatives from Racing who asked us to sign a document labelled April 10, 2013 in which we decided to field an ineligible team.

"We refused to sign it because it was false and because it's the opposite of what we did. They, meanwhile, offered us a player we were interested in signing, and other incentives. We dragged our feet and closed the case."

He added: "This is fraud for Spanish football fans.

"I encourage other clubs to denounce these offers, because I received two in two months.

"This is a sad episode for Spanish football. I can't allow these types of events to occur. I am obliged to denounce any type of illegal action, if I do not, I am contributing to it."

Sports minister Cardenal expressed his gratitude to Boadas and called on other clubs to speak out against match-fixing if they suspected it was going on.

"We have to denounce these types of actions, if they arise," he said.

"Anyone who receives an offer to do illegal activities and does not denounce them is contributing to the problem.

"That is why we support Joaquim Boadas and why we are here today to support what he has done. His behaviour is correct and everyone should follow his example."

Racing published a statement on their official website on Sunday denying any wrongdoing.

It read: "Racing have not participated, nor consented, nor had any knowledge of any activity related to fixing, altering or conditioning any result."

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