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Former club president Iñaki Badiola revealed that between 2001 and 2007, Real Sociedad had paid up to €300,000 to Eufemiano Fuentes, a doctor who has been investigated for links to the Spanish national team and other Spanish footballers, to dope players on the team. According to The Telegraph, in footage from 2008 released in 2013, Badiola was shown telling shareholders that "Fuentes was heavily involved with the team when they finished second in La Liga in 2002-03". Badiola reportedly said: "Real Sociedad acquired medicines for €328,000 that were not listed in the accounts. This means there is another type of accounting at practice here – there is no supporting documentation, no bills or delivery details that can be identified. We know what types of medicine they are and we won’t get involved in what they were or weren’t used for. " José Luis Astiazarán, President of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional between 2005 and 2013, denied the claims, stating: "During the period of my term as President of Real Sociedad (2001-2005), I have never had knowledge or suspicion of illegal practices being conducted with the medical services, which always worked within the maximum ethics and professionalism. If I had, I would have acted with due diligence and forcefulness. " He claimed that "Real Sociedad, under my presidency, worked closely with the authorities responsible for doping control, and there was never any impact on the countless doping controls conducted. " Fuentes was sentenced to one year in prison in April 2013, for breaking public health laws in relation to the scandal and the Operación Puerto doping case.