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Tebbas: Considerable evidence against Levante

Created on May. 06, 2013 5:01 PM EST

The president of Spanish football's governing body Javier Tebbas has revealed there evidence to suggest Levante players have fixed games.

It emerged last week that the LFP were investigating allegations of match-fixing in Juan Ignacio Martinez's side's 4-0 defeat to Deportivo La Coruna in April after midfielder Javi Barkero claimed many of his team-mates were not trying during a half-time dispute.
Barkero has since retracted the accusation, but Tebbas is confident there is enough proof of wrongdoing to take legal action against the club.
"There is considerable evidence that we hope will result in a trial. The biggest hint is that a player himself has accused his peers and repeatedly so, that's very important. The value of a trial would be to consider others.
"That Barkero later retracted his accusation does not mean anything."
Tebbas believes match-fixing is a widespread issue in Spanish football and feels he needs to take action for the health of a number of clubs and the game in general.
"It's a very sensitive issue. It is not only me that wants to end this (match fixing), as many clubs are suffering, trying to make the best of things and ending up in trouble at the end of the season unfairly," he added.
However, while Tebbas is keen to take ensure that the Levante players involved are punished for their accusations, he insisted that Deportivo are not being scrutinised as part of the investigation.
"Depor? No-one has accused them of anything. I am speaking not only of fraud but also on the subject of betting," he explained.
"It needs to be realised that in any case of corruption the details will not be published with a megaphone. The only thing that has been released has been the accusation against the players from the same team."

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