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Soccer Argentina investigates whether red cards are linked to sports betting in cup matches

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Buenos Aires — Argentina's judicial system said Thursday it had opened an investigation into whether sports betting was involved in the sending off of Agropecuario, who played against Boca Juniors in this month's Copa Argentina match. 16}

Milton Leyendeker was shown a red card for a challenge to Exekiel Zeballos eight minutes into the game on August 10th. Boca won the match 1-0, but Zeballos suffered a serious ankle injury that required surgery.

"The public prosecutor (Cersa Ramirez) is investigating whether there was a bet as to whether an Agropecuario player would be sent off 10 minutes before the start of the match," the Buenos Aires city public prosecutor's office said. said like twitter account.

Local media were the first to report that gambling may have been involved.

"We want to see if there is any truth in the media reports," a prosecutor's office source told Reuters, adding that betting of this kind would be illegal.

Leyendeker said the idea that he was sent off on purpose was "totally ridiculous."

"In a game that everyone wants to play, is he going to leave the team with one less player against Boca?" he said by local media publication Infobae. It was quoted as

"Things like this never happened to me."

(Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo and Nicolas Misculin; Written by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Peter Rutherford) )