Former Real Madrid President Linked to Match Fixing Allegations

Former Real Madrid President Linked to Match Fixing Allegations

Ero Samson
June 13, 2023 at 10:15 AM
  • La Liga has recently been plagued with scandals
  • Lorenzo Sanz was Real Madrid’s president between 1995 and 2000
  • Sanz oversaw much success during his presidency at Real Madrid winning the UCL twice

Former Spanish journalist Jose Maria Garcia has accused Real Madrid of fixing a match during Lorenzo Sanz’s presidency.

Garcia, who was one of the most revered journalists in Spain for two decades before retiring, accused Madrid of throwing away a game.

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Lorenzo Sanz was Real Madrid’s president between 1995 and 2000. Image: Neal Simpson.
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According to the journalist in an interview with COPE, the club agreed to lose a Real Madrid Castilla game at some point during Sanz’s presidency between 1995 and 2000.

He has further claimed that Madrid has a tape of the game, which took place at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, in a safe somewhere.

Garcia has stated that then-president Sanz’s children orchestrated the deals, delivering and taking money for the game Madrid's reserve team intentionally lost.

The former journalist, however, has not yet provided any evidence for these serious accusations. He has claimed that he was sitting on this information until now.

This is not the first time Garcia has spoken out against Los Merengues. He previously accused Real Madrid’s former press officer of trying to bribe him, that, too, in front of current president Florentino Perez.

Sanz oversaw much success during his presidency. The Whites won two UEFA Champions League trophies (1998, 2000), ending a 32-year drought, and one La Liga title (1997), amongst other honours.

Madrid suspected of refereeing irregularities

Earlier, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was accused by former La Liga referee Iturralde Gonzalez of trying to put pressure on him after a game in October 2010 as reported by 90mins.

It comes as Barcelona face corruption charges over alleged payments to a company owned by an ex-vice-president of Spain's referees' committee, Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, as part of what prosecutors have described as an advantageous secret agreement with the Blaugrana.

Ancelotti reveals stance on corruption

Earlier Sports Brief reported Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was adamant that Barcelona was not guilty of 'corruption' as it does not currently exist in the modern game.

The veteran Italian manager insists he is convinced there is no corruption in the football world, as speculated in the media following the Caso Negreiro scandal.

Ancelotti believes referees make mistakes naturally during games, but that doesn’t mean clubs have compromised them to make decisions in their favour.

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