Home Football Report: Leeds’ Samuel Saiz “Arrested On Suspicion Of Match Fixing”

Report: Leeds’ Samuel Saiz “Arrested On Suspicion Of Match Fixing”

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Samuel Saiz of Leeds United reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Leeds United midfielder Samuel Saiz is reportedly one of a number of footballers in Spain who have been arrested over suspicions of forming a criminal organisation dedicated to match-fixing.

According to Spanish publication El Pais, Saiz, who spent the last half of the season on loan at La Liga side Getafe, is one of the players involved.

The report also outlines that several current footballers were detained by Spanish officials on Tuesday, and claims that former Real Madrid defender Raul Bravo, who also spent time at Leeds United in 2003, has been allegedly identified as being at the head of the criminal organisation.

Other players to have been arrested includes Deportivo La Coruna’s Inigo Lopez Monatana, recently-retired Borja Fernandez and former striker Carlos Aranda.

A spokesman for Spain’s National Police has confirmed an operation against football match-fixing is “ongoing” following reports a number of players have been jailed.

Saiz, who is 28, moved to Leeds United in the summer of 2017, making 53 appearances for the Elland Road club before outlining in January that he wished to move back to Spain, despite being one of their standout players since his arrival.

The Spaniard played ten games on loan at Getafe scoring one goal during the second half of last season but Leeds reportedly failed in convincing the La Liga club to sign him on a permanent deal.

As well as match-fixing, police are expected to accuse at least some of the detainees of money laundering.

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