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Villarreal Deny Match-fixing Claims

Villarreal have responded to allegations that several of their players received payments to throw the match against Getafe on the final day of the 2018/19 season.

The name of Getafe forward Jorge Molina featured in WhatsApp conversations between Carlos Aranda and Paco Esteban, two of the main figures of the match-fixing scandal known as 'Operation Oikos'.

"Seven Villarreal players have been given two million [euros]," Esteban says in one of the messages to Aranda.

However, Villarreal have moved to quash those claims through a statement.

"Both Villarreal CF and the first team want to show their absolute rejection of the accusations made in the last few hours and emphatically deny the alleged implication of match-fixing in the game played against Getafe (2-2) at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Matchday 38 of last season," the statement began.

"As repeatedly stated, the club condemns and repudiates this type of behaviour that damages the essence of sport and competition, and reaffirms its principles of transparency, ethics, integrity and fair play as fundamental values within the philosophy of the organisation.
"Likewise, Villarreal CF will study and assess the possibility of taking legal action in this situation."

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