Spanish police have launched an investigation into veteran striker Jorge Molina’s phone conversations in order to obtain more information surrounding match-fixing between Getafe and Villarreal in the 2018-19 season, according to Marca.

With Getafe needing a win to secure the final Champions League spot in La Liga on the last day of the season, Molina was reportedly aware of a payment of €1.8m for Villarreal players, with his name appearing in a WhatsApp conversation between two men involved in the scandal, retired players Carlos Aranda and Paco Esteban.

The game between Getafe and Villarreal ended 2-2, meaning Getafe finished fifth as Valencia beat Real Valladolid 2-0 to claim fourth spot and a place in the Champions League.

Getafe released a statement on Friday, defending their captain and refuting the allegations:

Given the spread of the news in relation to the alleged involvement of our player, Mr. Jorge Molina, with a match-fixing claim, Getafe CF wants to offer its unconditional support to him and regrets the serious violation of his fundamental right to the presumption of innocence and categorically denies any implication related to this matter and this type of conduct.”

The news comes just three weeks after five former Osasuna directors were jailed for match-fixing during the 2013-14 season.