Today a historical sentence has been announced in Spanish football. For the first time, a sports corruption conviction has been passed and nine of the eleven defendants will have to go to prison. One of them is the former player Xavi Torres, who has been sentenced with one year, a 900,000 euros fine and two years of disqualification from exercising the activity of professional football. Through a statement, has confirmed that he will appeal:“Today I have been notified of the Judgment of the so-called Osasuna Case, for which I have been convicted of a crime of sports corruption. First of all, I want to express my full respect to the magistrates who have issued it. At the same time, I cannot hide my surprise since I do not understand that I am condemned for the commission of a crime that I have never been able to commit or intervene in any way.Both in Betis and in the other clubs that I have defended throughout my career, I have acted with rectitude in accordance with codes of professionalism and honesty. Far from committing any infraction, I have always tried to collaborate with justice, with the truth and I will continue to do so to safeguard the values of sport.With deep sadness, I have asked my lawyers to carry out the corresponding appeal, with the complete certainty that the sentence will be revoked soon.Xavier Torres Buigues “.
- Xavi Torres announces that he will appeal the judgment of the ‘Osasuna Case’