In the longest running Spanish football scandal, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera and Atletico Madrid Gabi Fernandez are within the ditch of a 2-year prison sentence and 6-year football ban should they be found guilty over the involvement in match-fixing involving their former club Real Zaragoza.
Prosecutors have reopened an investigation into the game against Levante in 2011 which was won 2-1 by Real Zaragoza and in turn helped them escape relegation. The game at the Cuitat de Valencia, with home side Levante already safe, was allegedly fixed to help Zaragoza beat the fall and a host of big players were named in the shady deal.
Up to nine players, including Herrera, Ponzio, Toni Doblas, Maurizio Lanzaro, Paulo Da Silva, Braulio Nobrega, Jorge Lopez and Carlos Diogo, along with coach Javier Aguirre and sporting director Antonio Prieto are said to have received money ahead of the match, although all of which returned the figure to the club, according to reports.
A court issue will start soon with clear indication on what the reopening of the case will be on.