Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is being prosecuted for alleged match fixing in Spanish La Liga, and if convicted may be sentenced to two-year imprisonment and slammed with six years soccer ban.
Report says in an indictment lodged with a court in Valencia earlier this month. the state prosecutors were demanding the punishments for Herrera and 35 other footballers
The other footballers facing trial along with Herrera on a charge of sports corruption include Atletico Madrid star Gabi, former Middlesborough striker Cristhian Stuani and Javi Venta, who ended his career at Brentford.
Zaragoza’s then-manager Javier Aguirre and ex-owner Agapito Iglesias are also being prosecuted.
Spanish anticorruption state prosecutors have claimed in their 17-page indictment cash paid to nine Zaragoza footballers including Herrera by the club was returned in cash so it could be handed over to the Levante players.
The state prosecutors claim they agreed to ‘lose’ the crunch match n May 21, 2011 and help their rivals avoid relegation once they received payment of €965,000 (£852,000).
The suspect match between Zaragoza and Levante hit the headlines earlier this month after it emerged the case had been reopened following an earlier decision to shelve it after a lengthy investigation.
The three Valencia-based judges who ordered the reopening of the case accused the players under suspicion of providing ‘inconsistent’ and ‘contradictory’ statements in their written ruling.
Herrera said earlier this month: ‘As I stated back in 2014 when this issue was raised, I have never had, and never will have, anything to do with manipulating match results.
‘If I am ever called to testify in a judicial hearing, I will be delighted to attend as my conscience is totally clear.
‘I love football and I believe in fair play – both on and off the pitch.’
The others facing trial have all denied any wrongdoing.