Two ex-Real Betis players and five former Osasuna directors have been jailed after a series of corruption charges.
A Spanish court filing showed former Betis players Antonio Amaya, 36, and Xavi Torres, 33, were handed prison sentences of one year each for sporting corruption, adding this was the first time any convictions had been made in Spain for sporting corruption.
Five former directors of La Liga club Osasuna were also jailed, with former managing director Angel Vizcay given the heaviest prison sentence, of eight years and eight months, for charges including misappropriation of funds, falsification of accounts and sporting corruption.
Osasuna president Luis Sabalza said he was pleased with the sentence and reiterated that his club had denounced the previous administration which led to them being convicted.
“We are happy. Osasuna were the ones who brought this case to the courts because when we arrived at the club we saw things which we didn’t like and I think the suspicions we had have been confirmed and the courts have done their job,” he said in a statement on the club website.
La Liga also welcomed the convictions:
“This sentence strengthens La Liga’s fight against corruption and its bid to defend the integrity of football competitions against any attempts of interference be it altering the course of a season or the result of a match,” said a statement from the organisation.
Betis did not respond to a request for comment.