Ander Herrera to make court appearance over match-fixing claims

Herrera in action for Manchester United against Hull City on Saturday (©GettyImages)

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is set to make a court appearance after he was summoned by Spanish authorities over match-fixing claims dating from his time as a Real Zaragoza player.

The United summer signing, who joined from Athletic Bilbao, will have to return to Spain to provide evidence to the court regarding allegations that a La Liga match from May 2011 was fixed.

28 players are involved in the investigation, including Herrera and Atletico Madrid captain Gabi.

The investigation centres on a match between Real Zaragoza and Levante on the final day of the 2010-11 campaign. Real Zaragoza were in a desperate situation, needing to beat their La Liga rivals to stay in the division.

Herrera played in the game, which Zaragoza won 2-1 although he was sold that summer.

As reported by the Daily Mail, there were accusations at the time that the game was fixed before the start, with Deportivo president Augusto Lendoiro suggesting as such even before the start of the game. As a result of Zaragoza's win, Deportivo were relegated.

The allegations fall on then-Zaragoza president Agapito Iglesias, who reportedly paid off certain players to ensure the result. He will be forced to give evidence at the investigation.

Gabi and Herrera reportedly received payments from Iglesias, although the money was returned and Iglesias has claimed they were just bonuses for the season. Zaragoza were on the cusp of administration at the time and in dire financial straits.

Back to Spain

Herrera will have to return to Spain to give evidence, although it's not clear whether he miss any time for Manchester United.

United looked back to their best this weekend, in a 3-0 victory over Hull City at Old Trafford.

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