Levante defender Toño is facing a potential prison sentence after he was arrested in connection to his alleged responsibility in the commission of seven crimes, including extortion and threats.
The third Examining Magistrate of Teruel ruled that all seven individuals should face a custodial sentence, with Tono’s club Levante releasing a press release outlining their surprise at the judge’s verdict.
In the statement, it said: “In relation to the information about the arrest of the player of our first team, Antonio García Aranda ‘Toño’, given that the judicial proceedings are subject to summary secrecy, Levante UD, without prejudice to how much in the future he may agree, shows his support for the player and his family.
“We do not know the circumstances that have led the examining magistrate to adopt such a measure, for the respect that the footballer deserves in such difficult moments and his presumption of innocence, from the club, for the moment and until there is no more news about the events that are the cause of his detention, he will not make further public statements about this situation.”
Big news in Spanish football tonight. Levante’s regular left-back Toño García has been imprisoned without bail for an alleged crime of extortion. He is one of five men to have been imprisoned for ‘extortion and threats’.
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) 8 February 2019
The 29-year-old only signed a new contract with the La Liga side until 2023 on Wednesday, and spoke of his delight at being able to secure his long-term future at the club.