LaLiga: Players could receive two to five-year bans from football for match-fixing involvement
LaLiga Resolution usually found within one or two months
After Inigo Lopez admitted taking bribes during Huesca‘s game with Gimnastic de Tarragona, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) banned him from football within 24 hours, something that has never happened before.
Lopez admitted taking bribes to lose against Nastic while playing for Huesca and he was not allowed to play for Deportivo La Coruna in the first leg of their LaLiga 1|2|3 play-off against Malaga the day after.
Up until now, RFEF have opted to stay out of the legal proceedings, but this time they’ve acted on Lopez‘s comments and suspended him from football.
“Integrity will propose the opening of records of all those that are involved in the case, as the facts become known,” sources from RFEF have told MARCA.
“If these are not of criminal significance, but are relevant and subjective to sporting punishment, then the sporting procedure will continue because there is no crime.”
RFEF will now open a case into those involved in the ‘Oikos Operation’ match-fixing scandal, including Lopez, and a resolution is usually found within one or two months.
Other than fining those guilty, a more severe punishment would see those involved banned from football for between two to five years.
They won’t be able to play, sign for anyone or anything – in any country.
The clubs involved could also be punished, by a points deduction for example, but this looks unlikely if the crimes are only in betting.
However, if clubs are found guilty of taking bribes, then a points deduction will become a very real possibility.