Ander Herrera has been named on a 41 man list in an investigation into alleged match-fixing in Spain.
The case relates to a match between Herrera’s old club Real Zaragoza and Levante at the end of the 2010-11 season in La Liga where Zaragoza saved themselves from relegation with a 2-1 victory.
Herrera played in the match and these allegations mean the midfielder could be called over to Spain to give evidence should the judge decide to go ahead with the case.
The prosecution named Herrera as a player who helped facilitate funds being passed on to Levante’s players: “The president of Zaragoza, Agapito Iglesias, as well as the director Francisco Javier and Francisco José Checa agreed with sporting director, Antonio Prieto, coach Javier Aguirre and and the captains Gabi, Ponzio and Jorge López, representing and with the consent of the other players, to rig the game.
“To this end it was established that 965,000 euros was paid to players of Levante in exchange for them allowing Zaragoza to win the game”.
“In executing this agreement, on 17 and 19 May 2011 the adviser of Zaragoza and financial director of the club, Francisco Javier Porquera, ordered the transfer from the account of Zaragoza the amounts of money to the accounts of Antonio Prieto, Javier Aguirre and these players: Lanzaro, Ander Herrera, Toni Doblas, Paulo da Silva, Braulio, Ponzio, Gabi, Jorge Lopez and Diogo”.
At this stage is now up to the judge as to whether these proceedings are taken any further but for Herrera, it will serve as another distraction to his football which certainly won’t be a good thing.