Spanish League to probe match fixing

They claim that Italian coach Filippo di Pierro - who has only been in charge for a couple of months - has been questioned by authorities and has been detained.

Only two of the players who started the season with Eldense remain at the club; during the winter transfer window, scores of players from 12 different countries arrived, mainly Italians.

There is no indication Barcelona B were involved in any alleged match-fixing.

An Eldense player came forward and told local media that the fix was in after the loss, which pushed the club into the relegation zone with no chance of escape.

The Mauritania-born striker told Cadena Cope radio: "I don't know about others but I had to come out and tell the truth".

'Half an hour before playing the game against Barcelona B I was starting, but then I was out of the line up. "Were opponents involved? I don't know, they did what they had to do - score goals".

The 12-0 loss matched a Spanish third division record for the biggest loss, but Saad made his feelings clear on the matter soon after as he grew suspicious as the game went on. "I don't care what happens, but whenever I can, I will provide their names", Saad said.

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Barcelona B are top of Group III of the regionalised Segunda Division B. "If it had been me I would have done the same".

"At the very least, we must investigate it because there are certain links to an Italian group that has the look of what may be indications of a global betting ring when it comes to fixing matches", said president of the Spanish league Javier Tebas.

In the direct aftermath, the club announced they had ceased all sporting activity and were terminating their contract with their Italian investors.

Eldense kept a clean sheet for almost eight minutes at the Mini Estadi but the floodgates soon opened - Dani Romera and Jesus Alfaro both scoring first-half hat-tricks.

Rumours in Spain suggest that bets were reportedly placed on being 8-0 down at half-time and to lose by 11+ goals.

Dani Romera and Jesus Alfaro both scored hat-tricks in the first half. Gerard Gumbau and Alex Carbonell also struck.

  • Tabitha Byrd