Ander Herrera implicated in match fixing scandal

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has been implicated in a La Liga match fixing investigation.

Dating back from his days playing for Real Zaragoza in Spain, Ander Herrera has been named as a player under investigation for taking up to €120,000 on behalf of Zaragoza president Agapito Iglesias.

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It is alleged that Zaragoza players received the money and passed it on to their Levante opponents, who they faced on the last day of the 2010/11 season with relegation on the line.

Spanish newspaper Marca carries a report that alleges the investigation is exploring whether 12 Levante players were paid €120,000 to purposefully lose the match.

Apparently all of the Zaragoza players returned the cash when they realised what it was for, but Herrera reportedly did not inform the Anti-Corrution Unit.

Reportedly many players believed the payment was in some way related to Zaragoza's imminent bankruptcy.

An investigation is now underway, and Herrera, who started the match against Levante, may be called by the Spanish judiciary to provide evidence. He is one of eight players and the coach, Javier Aguirre, who is part of the investigation.

Atletico Madrid captain Gabi is also part of proceedings.

Herrera in the UK

Marca go on to report that the Spanish authorities may request their counterparts in the UK to force Herrera to return to Spain and testify in the case.

Herrera signed for Manchester United over the summer from Athletic Bilbao, and he featured against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Monday night.

Unfortunately, the Spaniard did not have his best game for his new team, and Louis van Gaal decided to replace him at half-time, with Marouane Fellaini coming on to score his first Manchester United goal in the 2-2 draw.

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