Racing Santander coach Hector Cuper denies involvement in match-fixing ring

The 55-year-old is to be questioned by Italian police after his name appeared in a probe on around 150 matches, but he has pleaded his innocence in the scandal
Racing Santander coach Hector Cuper has denied any wrongdoing after it emerged that he is to be quizzed over his alleged participation in a match-fixing ring.

His lawyer Vicente Montes released a statement on Saturday emphasising his client had no involvement in the scandal, that allegedly affects an estimated 150 matches in South America, Italy and Spain. He also insisted that Cuper was ready to fully cooperate with the investigating authorities.

"It is my client's desire to comply as soon as possible with making a statement to the Italian prosecutor, so that this surprising allegation can be settled immediately in relation to him," Montes is quoted as saying by Reuters.

"We are using this statement to deny any involvement, directly or indirectly, by my client in the alleged Italian sports betting plot."

Cuper's team responded to claims that the coach was in contact with clans of the Naples-based Mafia organisation, the Camorra, who appear to have used the ring as a means of laundering money.

He has also been accused of revealing intimate details about two Argentine Primera Division fixtures during the 2006-2007 campaign to betting syndicates.

The probe originally surfaced in Italy last year, after authorities were alerted to unusually large sums of money being gambled on certain games by punters.

Since then, two high-profile arrests have been made in the form of former Italy internationals Giuseppe Signori and Cristiano Doni.