04 December 2009 - 08:20 PM
Las Palmas And Rayo Vallecano Face Illegal Betting Investigation
The Spanish football federation has decided to open an investigation concerning alleged illegal betting...
Spanish second division clubs Las Palmas and Rayo Vallecano, plus seven professional footballers, are to be investigated over suspect betting on matches. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) will conduct the inquiry after a tip-off from European governing body UEFA.
The game in question was a scoreless draw last season, a result that worked in the interests of both clubs. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is looking beyond the fact that the result was mutually beneficial and also investigating the possibility of a betting scandal.
Las Palmas published a list of players being investigated in the case on its official website, highlighting the fact that none of the seven players named for possible illegal betting, plays for the Canary Islands based club.
The full list is: Francisco Javier Suarez Lizano (Ejea, who was with Granada last season), Mario Gomez Atanet (Alcorcon, with Cordoba last season), Juan Carlos Ceballos Pinto (Cordoba), Raul Lucha Hurtado (Amposta), Javier Monteys Verdaguer (Tarrasa) y Javier Lopez Vallejo (Zaragoza).