The Catalan press are reporting that Barcelona are being investigated as part of a match fixing scandal that helped relegate Eibar from La Liga.
The news is being reported by both Sport and Mundo Deportivo, who claim that Barca’s 2-2 draw with Deportivo La Coruna, at the end of the season, was fixed, with Barca purposefully ‘easing off’, allowing Depor to secure the all important point they needed to avoid relegation.
Mundo are reporting that Depor defender Albert Lopo approached Xavi and asked the Barca captain if the newly crowned Spanish champions could take their foot off the gas, words which Lopo apparently relaid to Canal+, believing that they would not make print. How very wrong he was.
The LFP have opened an investigation and if proven, there’s a good chance Eibar and Deportivo will trade places, with Barca’s punishment unclear at this time. Of course, while no money has changed hands, IF Xavi has agreed to tell his players to go easy and allow Depor to secure a draw, that is as good as fixing a result and has caused the unfair relegation of Eibar. Perhaps the former club captain shouldn’t get too comfy in Qatar, just yet.