Madrid - Players of La Liga strugglers Rayo Vallecano
vehemently denied any wrongdoing on Friday amid an investigation from the
Spanish league into suspicious betting patterns before their 2-1 defeat to Real
Sociedad last weekend.
Rayo now need to win against Levante on Sunday and hope
other results go their way to avoid relegation.
All members of the playing squad attended a press conference
along with coach Paco Jemez and president Raul Martin Presa to refute
allegations made by Spanish newspaper El Mundo that the league are
investigating if Rayo players deliberately lost the match in question.
"In no instance will we allow the honour, integrity and
professionalism of all members of our squad to be doubted, nor will we allow
these reports to stain the good name of the club, the players or the
fans," the club said in a statement.
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President of La Liga, Javier Tebas, confirmed an
investigation into the match had begun as is routine when there is a
significant fluctuation in odds before or during a match.
"The match between Real Sociedad and Rayo Vallecano had
an unusual betting pattern, but that doesn't mean anything," he told
Spanish radio station Cadena SER.
"When there are suspicions in any case we investigate
and that is what we are doing."
El Mundo reported that the odds on Sociedad to win varied
wildly throughout the week before the game.
However, the newspaper's claim that a meeting between the
Rayo squad and fans' groups on Thursday was arranged to allay their suspicions
was rejected by both the players and the supporters' clubs.
"The rumours that have appeared related to bonuses are
totally false and were not discussed in said meeting (with the players) which
was to show support," the association of Rayo supporters' clubs said via
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