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Spanish police probe potential match-fixing in Copa del Rey

| By Robert Fletcher
Spain’s National Police Centre for Sports Integrity and Gambling (Cenpida) has launched an investigation into the alleged fixing of a match in the Copa del Rey domestic club football competition.
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La Liga, the organisation that oversees the knockout tournament, contacted Cenpida after it received information from an anonymous confidant regarding the December 2021 match between CD Huracán Melilla and Levante UD.

Levante, which plays in the top tier of La Liga won the first round match 8-0. At the time, CD Huracán Melilla was competing in the Primera Autonómica de Melilla, the sixth level of football in Spain.

Details of the allegations were not disclosed, but it was confirmed that an investigation was opened in the Investigating Court No. 2 of Melilla, with statements taken from six people with links to CD Huracán Melilla.

La Liga added that Levante UD has no relation to any of the information being investigated.

“This anonymous information received through the reporting channel demonstrates the trust that exists in the work of La Liga’s Integrity and Security area, in collaboration with the police and the corresponding bodies, when it comes to detecting and reporting possible cases of match-fixing,” La Liga said.

Real Betis eventually won the 2021-22 Copa del Rey, beating Valencia in the final in April 2022. Levante were knocked out by Alcoyano on penalties in the second round.

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