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Manchester United star faces match-fixing trial

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera could be set to face trail over a match-fixing scandal in Spain, reports The Daily Mail.

The match in question dates back to the end of the 2010 – 2011 La Liga season when Herrera’s former club Real Zaragoza travelled to Levante in a bottom-of the-table clash. Zaragoza won the match and stayed in the league, a result which saw Deportivo La Coruna relegated in their place.

However, it is alleged that nearly £850,000 was paid by Zaragoza to their players shortly before the match, which, in turn, was diverted into the pockets of the Levante team.

Herrara is alleged to have received two cash sums in this way, one of £44,000 and another of £35,000.

In all 42 former players and officials face trial, which is not expected to happen for at least 6 months. If found guilty, suspects could face jail terms of between six month and four years, although sentences for first time offenders of less than 2 years are normally suspended.

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