Friday, 24 April 2020 19:44


Five former directors of Spanish La Liga club Osasuna and two former Real Betis footballers have been handed prison sentences after being found guilty on a series of corruption charges, a Spanish court filing showed on Friday

Osasuna's former managing director Angel Vizcay was given the heaviest prison sentence, of eight years and eight months, for charges including misappropriation of funds, falsification of accounts and sporting corruption.

Former Betis players Antonio Amaya and Xavi Torres were handed prison sentences of one year each for sporting corruption, added the filing, which said this was the first time any convictions had been made in Spain for sporting corruption.

The sentences are subject to an appeal.

Osasuna president Luis Sabalza said he was pleased with the sentence and reiterated that his club had denounced the previous administration which led to them being convicted.

"We are happy. Osasuna were the ones who brought this case to the courts because when we arrived at the club we saw things which we didn't like and I think the suspicions we had have been confirmed and the courts have done their job," he said in a statement on the club website.

Betis meanwhile said they were "repulsed" by the actions of their two former players, who they said had "caused unfair damage to our club.

"As it has been proved, Real Betis had nothing to do with these lamentable actions," added their statement.

"Real Betis has always played an active part in the fight against corruption in football and in favour of fair play, working hand in hand with La Liga and the other organisations that run our sport."

La Liga also welcomed the convictions.


Source:News Agencies.