La Liga prosecutors want Manchester United star Ander Herrera to go to jail for alleged match-fixing.
Spanish state prosecutors said they were demanding a two-year prison sentence and six-year soccer ban for the midfielder and 35 other footballers in an indictment lodged with a court in Valencia earlier this month.
Two-year prison sentences for first-time offenders in Spain are normally suspended, meaning that if Herrera was convicted of sports corruption he would probably escape jail.
But on Monday it emerged lawyers for Spain’s top league, who have also launched legal action against the footballers involved in the under-suspicion May 2011 match between Herrera’s old side Zaragoza and Levante, were demanding stiffer penalties than the state lawyers if they are found guilty of sports corruption.
Respected papers including Valencia-based daily Las Provincias said the four-year prison demands — the maximum sentence possible — were part of the indictment La Liga lawyers have lodged with Valencia’s Court of Instruction Number Eight.
The indictment is also understood to call for the same six-year worldwide soccer ban the state wants them hit with if the footballers including Herrera are convicted at a trial expected to take place at the end of this year or the start of next.
Deportivo La Coruna, the team which was relegated as a result of Zaragoza’s 2-1 away win against Levante, has yet to submit its indictment.
Sources at the club said they were unable to say when its lawyers would lodge their formal accusation in writing.
Under Spanish law lawyers for the club and La Liga can prosecute the footballers in the same courtroom as part of cases that run parallel to the state prosecution.
It is customary practice for lawyers leading parallel prosecutions to the state one to demand stiffer penalties.