Ander Herrera faces two year prison sentence
From Manchester United to prison
Ander Herrera has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho this season.
The Spanish midfielder has only played 90 minutes six times this season in the Premier League whereas last season, the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder completed the full 90 minutes of 23 league matches.
He played a pivotal role in United’s triumphs in both the Europa League and the EFL Cup.
Now, Herrera, along with Atletico Madrid’s Gabi, is in the midst of a match fixing schedule which took place way back in 2011.
The midfield duo were playing for Real Zaragoza against Levante. Real Zaragoza needed to win the match in order to stay in La Liga which they did, beating Levante by 2 goals to 1.
The Express explained that the match came into question due to infrequent payments from the Levante players.
Marca stated that several members of the Zaragoza team were given money by the club’s president ahead of the match.
Zaragoza’s manager at the time, Javier Aguirre, has been questioned over numerous other match fixing scandals.
Zaragoza’s manager, director and nine players including Herrera were paid £848,450 in the build up to the match whilst Levante made very few transactions in the weeks after the match.
The Zaragoza players have been accused of passing this money onto Levante players.
What next for Herrera?
Many footballers are given suspended jail sentences including Herrera’s United team-mate Alexis Sanchez.
Footballers are often given prison sentences for tax evasion or fraud but very few have actually spent time behind bars.
Herrera has pleaded his innocence on numerous occasions in the last 7 years and is adamant that he has done nothing wrong.
The 28 year old has made just two appearances for the Spanish national team but it looks like he could be spending a lot of time in his home country in the not so distant future.
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February 14, 2018 at 01:39AM