Herrera due in Spanish court after the Premier League clash with Newcastle.
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is due to appear in court in Spain the day following the Premier League fixture against Newcastle over alleged match-fixing in 2011, reports the Guardian.
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Herrera is one of 41 people due to give evidence over alleged match-fixing in a 2011 fixture between Levante and Real Zaragoza, according to Spanish newspaper AS, and will appear in court on Thursday 5 March – the morning after the Red Devils’ 7.45pm kick-off at St James’ Park.
Controversy erupted when Zaragoza avoid relegation at the end of the 2010/11 season by winning the match 2-1, and it was later claimed that Levante players were paid by their rivals to gift them the victory.
The 25-year-old, who made the switch to Old Trafford in the summer, was part of the Zaragoza side that avoided relegation, will have to appear in court but denies any involvement with such scandal:
“I have never had and will never have anything to do with manipulating match results,” Herrera was quoted by the Guardian as saying.
“In an on-going legal process involving Real Zaragoza, the club I was honoured to play from 12 until 22 years of age, there are 41 people mentioned, of which I am one. If I am ever called to testify in any judicial hearing, I’ll be happy to attend, as my conscience is totally clear. I love football and I believe in fair play, both on and off the pitch,” the midfielder continued.