According to Reuters, Argentina’s justice system has opened an investigation into possible match-fixing in a Copa Argentina match earlier this month.
The game in question is Boca Juniors’ Round of 16 match against Agropecuario on August 11, in which Agropecuario’s Milton Leyendeker was sent off eight minutes into the game.
Prosecutor Celsa Ramirez is currently investigating whether or not bets were placed on a home team player being sent off before the 10-minute mark, as prompted by local media reports.
“We want to see if the media reports are true,” a Prosecutor’s office source said, adding that such bets are illegal.
Leyendeker, on the other hand, has denied that his red card was intentional, saying, “Am I going to leave my team with one less, playing against Boca in a game that everyone wants to play?”
“This had never happened to me before.”
Leyendeker’s red card had additional consequences, as his challenge on Exequiel Zeballos necessitated ankle surgery for the latter. Boca won the match 1-0 at Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, advancing to the Copa Argentina quarterfinals.
The potential match-fixing in football follows the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA12-year )’s ban from the sport for Dutch coach Max Wenders, who admitted to multiple match-fixing charges last month.
Wenders also admitted to destroying evidence requested by the ITIA (then known as the Tennis Integrity Unit) and failing to report a corrupt strategy.