Former Real Madrid and Leeds defender Raul Bravo spends night in jail amid match-fixing claims

31 May

Former Real Madrid and Leeds defender Raul Bravo spent Thursday night in jail amid match-fixing claims.

The 38-year-old and ex-Villarreal forward Carlos Aranda were remanded in prison after appearing in court in Huesca on Thursday.

Raul Bravo spent six years in Real Madrid’s first-team

Bravo, who had a brief loan spell with Championship club Leeds in 2003, is understood to be the ringleader.

Four other people involved in the scandal, including recently-retired Valladolid skipper Borja Fernandez and Huesca president Agustin Lasaosa, were bailed out, but will have to pay €50,000 to remain out of prison.

A judicial official, confirming Bravo and Aranda were remanded in custody, said: “Huesca Court of Investigation Number Five has determined provisional prison for Raul Bravo and Carlos Aranda, which they can avoid with the payment of a bail bond set at €100,000 each.

Leeds ace Samuel Saiz was questioned by police

“Both are being investigated on suspicion of being possibly responsible for the crimes of membership of a criminal organisation, sports corruption and fraud in relation to an ongoing investigation at the court into alleged match-fixing.”

Bravo was David Beckham’s team-mate at Real Madrid, where he spent six years as a player from 2001.

He was capped 14 times for Spain and featured for his country at Euro 2004.

Leeds winger Samuel Saiz, on loan at Getafe, was questioned by police in connection with match-fixing, before being allowed to continue his holiday in Ibiza.

On Tuesday, Spanish police confirmed they expected to arrest 11 people in relation to match-fixing.

Leeds United fans hail Samuel Saiz as the best player in the Championship

14 Aug

Is Samuel Saiz the best player in the Championship?

Leeds fans certainly think so, and their opinion won’t have changed after another stellar display against Bolton in the Carabao Cup.

Saiz has been on fire so far this season

The Spanish midfield scored a delightful solo goal and, generally, looked a class above everyone else on the pitch.

Saiz was excellent in the 4-1 thrashing of Derby on Saturday too, making himself impossible to dispossess and covering acres of ground.

Whites fans are confident that, if he continues in this way, he could carry them back to the Premier League: