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"It was a very large rumorology in the world of football that Zaragoza easily won the last League games." This was stated by the CEO of Villarreal, Fernando Roig Negueroles , before the judge investigating the alleged adjustment of the Levante-Zaragoza of the 2010/11 season.
His appearance as a witness is preceded by the statements of the president of the League, Javier Tebas, in which he confessed that Roig Negueroles had warned him of the possibility of damage by Zaragoza in the season following the match under investigation. "Villarreal, like Zaragoza, was at risk of relegation and tells me that you have to keep an eye on Zaragoza , because Javi Venta (former Levante player) has confirmed that they bought Zaragoza-Levante and that he is paddled because he received 35,000 euros" , explained the president of LaLiga before the judge last week.
Roig Negueroles says he doesn't remember that particular conversation with Thebes, but he denied that he would have told him that Javi Venta had charged for the adjustment. "There was rumorology. Javi Venta, the only thing he told me, one year later, was that we were careful because weird things were happening in football. We were contesting the descent with several clubs, including Zaragoza, and he was referring to Zaragoza," confirmed the leader of Villarreal, who ended up descending to Second.
"It was a very large rumorology in the world of football that Zaragoza was able to easily win the last League games . But I don't have any evidence, because I would contribute them," he added.
"Did Javi Venta confirm that he received 35,000 euros from Zaragoza?" Laliga's lawyer asked. "No. Thebes handles a lot of information, but I didn't tell him. I told Thebes, privately, that he put in my mouth things that I hadn't said, " the witness replied.
Roig Negueroles, also to questions of the lawyer of the accusation, told a conversation that had been transmitted to him by the vice president of Villarreal, Manuel Llaneza , in a meal with coach Míchel . "In all jocular at a meal this man [Míchel] commented that he had an offer from Zaragoza and said that [Agapito Iglesias] had told him" you win some games, that the rest I have already won to win them ", or something like that" he declared.
In addition to the leader of Villarreal, the National Police agent who wrote the report after the complaint presented by the president of the League and an employee of the Real Zaragoza accounting department, Rubén Gil, have appeared as witnesses.
The agent assured that the investigations corroborated the accusations of Thebes, who told them that he had received the information from a source but that he "flatly refused" to reveal it. He also stated that the president of the League told him that he had contacted by telephone with the president of the Levant, Quico Catalán , to warn him of the adjustment, an end that Catalán denied sharply last week.
For his part, the employee of Real Zaragoza, Rubén Gil, simply said that he withdrew cash by order of the then chief financial officer , Javier Porquera, since he was only "the errand boy".
Gil denied having had contact with the players and having witnessed how the players were given cash.
Ricardo Marco, director of a branch of the Bantierra bank, also declared on this seventh day of the trial in which the Real Zaragoza Doblas , Da Silva and lanzaro soccer players retired between 50,000 and 90,000 euros each, and Marco has confessed that he thought it was "a normal operation. "
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