Atletico Madrid captain Gabi admits fixing La Liga match against Levante in 2011
- Atletico Madrid captain has admitted to match fixing allegations of a game between Real Zaragoza and Levante in 2011.
Reports in Spain suggest that Atletico Madrid captain Gabriel Fernández, fondly known as Gabi, disclosed earlier today that the game between Real Zaragoza and Levante on 21st May 2011 was fixed.
The match saw the defensive midfielder being awarded the man-of-the-match award for his gutsy performance as Zaragoza won 2-1. The investigating committee is looking into the claims which suggested that the match was fixed.
The Spaniard apparently admitted to the match having been fixed, saying, "I did what the club asked me to".
Just followed the club’s order: Gabi
The reports also state that the 31-year-old refused any involvement or any personal interest in the money paid to Levante as he had already completed a transfer after four seasons at Zaragoza to Atletico Madrid.
He clarified that his performances were in response to the club’s instructions. He ended up scoring two goals in the ill-fated game at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium and that win kept Zaragoza in the La Liga.
The reports also indicate that a total of 12 players were involved in the fixing, and were compensated to the extent of €120,000 to lose the fixture. He might be sanctioned if the reports are proven true, and all the players involved in the fixing of the game will definitely face severe action if found guilty.