iGaming Business – Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), the Spanish football league, has identified a suspected betting fraud involving a scheduled match that never took place.

The LFP said that the so-called ‘phantom’ match between Spanish club Ponferradina and Portuguese club Freamunde, which was scheduled to take place on Monday at 10:00am local time, never took place, according to the Reuters news agency.

The league added that betting irregularities were detected by Federbet, a non-profit organisation that tracks suspicious betting practices in sport.

“The LFP’s integrity unit contacted Ponferradina officials who confirmed that the supposed match never took place and that, therefore, it was a fraudulent manipulation of those who placed bets and the sports betting firms,” the LFP said.