It is being reported by the Guardian that an unnamed linesman was told to favour Real Madrid in next month’s clash with Barcelona. If this proves to be true, a major shadow is cast over Spanish football as match-fixing is thought to be a major problem in today’s game.
The linesman was reportedly told to favour Madrid by both an official, and then over the phone by a representative for the referee’s committee of the Spanish Football Federation.
Barcelona have firmly denied the allegations, and said they hope that they are not true.
Barcelona’s vice-president, Susana Monje, said, “I have no idea where they come from… I hope it does not prove to be true.”
“All I can say at the moment is that if it is confirmed, it will be a dangerous story in terms of the prestige of La Liga.”
The officials are eager to ensure that these allegations are investigated as soon as possible. Miguel Cardenal, Spain’s secretary of state for sport, is quoted as saying that there will be immediate action.
“This is an extremely serious accusation and is extraordinarily alarming. This needs to be resolved as soon as possible. We cannot be talking about threats without knowing who is it. No one should be scared. It cannot be reasonable that in 2015 someone can fear reprisals for making an accusation like this.”
Real Madrid will face Barcelona on Saturday November 21st.