[authors: Ceyhun Pehlivan and Jorge Monclús]
The Spanish Professional Football League (“LFP”) has opened an investigation into the recent match of the Second division (so-called “Liga Adelante”) between the Racing Santander and Hercules for possible case of match-fixing.
Alarm bells of the UEFA started to ring after detecting that allegedly unusual levels of online betting, up to 60 times higher than the ordinary level for this category of games, were oddly placed on Racing winning with several goals.
Since the LFP’s jurisdiction extends only to the clubs and officials, it has requested the Spanish Football Federation to open its own proceeding into the players involved in the game. Meanwhile, the case is now in the hands of the LFP’s independent disciplinary committee. In the event that a club is found to have participated in match-fixing, it could be expelled from official competitions.
The LFP has adopted a quite vigilant approach and sends zero tolerance messages in connection with match-fixing. In this regards, LFP is currently contacting several online gambling operators which operate in Spain in order to collaborate with them against this type of fraud activities. In some cases, LFP is also requiring the operators to disclose the identity of any registered players who have been engaged in this type of fraud activities.