After Alexis Sanchez was sentenced for tax evasion, it looks like yet another Manchester United star is on the court’s radar. Midfielder Ander Herrera will be forced to go on trial in Spain after his alleged involvement in match-fixing in La Liga.
The allegations date back to 2011, when a match between Real Zaragoza and Levante was allegedly fixed. Zaragoza won the match 2-1, surviving relegation and sending down Deportivo La Coruna instead. Herrera was playing for Zaragoza that day, and reportedly received two large payments from his club into his bank account which he subsequently paid back.
The midfielder has always denied wrongdoing and has fought to clear his name. The 28-year-old has been warned he faces trial with 33 other footballers – including Atletico de Madrid midfielder Gabi.
“I have never and never will have anything to do with the manipulation of the results of matches,” Manchester United star Herrera said in 2014. “If I am ever called to testify in a judicial hearing, I will be delighted to attend.”
Respected regional newspaper Las Provincias claimed the 42 people involved could face prison sentences ranging from six months to four years if convicted. Prison sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders normally end up being suspended.