The Spanish league is investigating this season’s final-day match between Real Betis and Sporting Gijón, both of whom have been promoted to La Liga. The league’s president, Javier Tebas, said the game was “being looked over” together with another in the second division that day, involving Girona and Lugo.
Tebas told the Spanish newspaper AS, that “there is no concrete evidence” of wrongdoing but that the league keeps an eye on “any game where there could be rumours. In this case there have been rumours but there haven’t been any irregularities in betting offices. In any case the only thing we are doing at this point is studying the matches.”
Betis went into the final match on June 7th having won the league but Sporting Gijón(pictured celebrating) who were third with 79 points, and the Catalan team Girona, who were second with 81 points, were battling to finish second and secure automatic promotion.
Betis lost 3-0 at home to Sporting and Girona conceded a last-minute equaliser against the Galician side Lugo, who had nothing at stake, meaning that Sporting finished in second place and Girona went into the play-offs.
The Spanish league is also looking into comments by Deportivo La Coruña’s defender Alberto Lopo after a 2-2 draw with Barcelona on the final day of the league season on May 23rd. Lopo said he asked Barcelona’s Xavi to “relax a bit” because “a draw would be good for both sides”, the Catalan club having won the league and Deportivo needing to avoid defeat to be certain of avoiding relegation.