The Spanish press is going to have a field-day this week, after reports emerged that the final match of La Liga this season, between F.C. Barcelona and Deportivo de La Coruña, is under investigation by the LFP. It has been alleged that Barcelona deliberately underperformed in this match, which helped Deportivo avoid relegation. If Deportivo had lost the match, they would have finished level on points with Almería. Almería would have survived the drop as they were ahead of Deportivo on head-to-head aggregate.
Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Albert Lopo, a defender who plays for Deportivo, told Canal+ during an interview, that he asked Xavi during the match to ease up, while Barcelona were leading 2-0 at the hour mark. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Lopo certainly didn’t expect the comments to be released, now an official investigation has been launched.
If these allegations are proven correct in the investigation, then both Barcelona and Deportivo could be heavily sanctioned by the LFP. Barcelona is already under a transfer embargo imposed on them by FIFA, which prevents them from signing any new player in 2015.