Club gets coach arrested following 12-0 defeat to Barcelona B team

Di Pierro's arrest came after Eldense president David Aguilar denounced what had happened and asked for help from the police and the LFP.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas confirmed the probe on Monday, with Vito di Pierro detained the following day.

The record-equalling win for the Spanish champions' B side relegated Eldense from Segunda Division B, with the Elda club's management board announcing they would temporarily cease sporting activities.

Cheikh Saad told radio station RAC1: 'There are four players involved in match fixing.

"I started to have doubts after we played Cornella on March 19th, I saw that something odd was going on", said Aguillar in the Spanish media.

"Half an hour before the start of the match against Barca B, I was in the starting line-up".

"Barcelona had nothing to do with it, their players took the chances that they had to score and that is exactly what they have to do", he said. He said he had noticed unusual decisions made by the Italian coach recently, including the use of players who had not been playing regularly. "Were opponents involved? I don't know, they did what they had to do - score goals".

According to Saad, the coach later asked him to enter the pitch, but he refused after overhearing that the match had been fixed for betting purposes.

"This is not just because of Saturday, it was the last straw, but it's a lot of things", he said.

Saad said he found out that the arrangement was for the score to be 8-0 at halftime and 12-0 at the end.

Barcelona are used to inflicting pain and suffering on opponents, but their B team have gone as far as forcing a rival to quit their division. "We'll figure out a lot of things, but I can not blame anyone without proof and without the players saying more publicly".

Match-fixing has been reported in Spain for a number of years at the top levels from time to time, but nothing has been done about it.

"There have been very unusual things going on".

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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