El Clasico, the game between Real Madrid and Barcelona, is at the centre of a match-fixing storm

A pre-designated linesman has claimed that he has been told to influence next month’s el Clasico in Real Madrid’s favour. The linesman whose name was not reported in the news when it first broke in Spain for fear of reprisal said the request was made via phone call which unfortunately was not recorded.
He was asked to call back and record the conversation but he said the alleged calls were made through the switch board. He identified two persons behind the calls; a match official and a member of the Spanish Football Federation’s referees.
He had wanted to go public with the allegations but he was persuaded by his lawyer to make a formal, legal statement to the anti-corruption investigating magistrate.  
Reacting to the news, Barcelona vice-president, Susana Monje said, “I have no idea where they come from. It is like something out of a Kafka novel. I hope it does not prove to be true. We will possibly discuss at it a meeting of the board. All I can say at the moment is that if it is confirmed, it will be dangerous story in terms of the prestige of La Liga.”

 “This is an extremely serious accusation and is extraordinarily alarming. This needs to be resolved as soon as possible. We cannot be talking about threats without knowing who is it. No one should be scared. It cannot be reasonable that in 2015 someone can fear reprisals for making an accusation like this.” Miguel Cardenal, the Spanish secretary of state for sport added.



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