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Spanish club won't play rest of season after 12-0 defeat

Spanish club won't play rest of season after 12-0 defeat”

Di Pierro's arrest came after Eldense president David Aguilar denounced the 12-0 loss and asked for help from the Spanish police and La Liga. Capuani represented a group of Italian investors that had recently partnered with Eldense, though the club announced they were severing ties with the Italian investors following the humiliating loss. Extremadura thrashed Portuense by the same score in 1993. Spanish media said the Italian was in the process of having his head-coaching license certified.

"Half an hour prior to the match I was on the starting team, but right before the game some of us were told we wouldn't be starting", Saad claimed.

Eldense conceded five goals in 15 minutes.

"He asked me if I was in and how much I wanted and if I wasn't in then I wouldn't play", he said. "They did what they had to do, score goals".

"The police have all the information they need and I hope there is an exemplary sanction against them".

Eldense defender, Emmanuel Mendy said the club's assistant coach, Fran Ruiz had spoken to him about a plan to fix the game.

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

He added: "The manager knew something and the players, too". I knew something was going on.

"Some of our players that finished the game crying are acting because they were the ones that fixed it".

Tebas said the inquiry had been requested by Eldense's board of directors after the defeat which relegated the Alicante-based club to the fourth tier.

What happened during the game?

The president of La Liga has since come out and said he will open an investigation into these allegations, noting that the game and the unusual relationship with the Italian investment group that came to own the club "bear the hallmarks of the possible involvement of an global betting ring with a view to match-fixing".

On the face of it, there was not a huge surprise that Barcelona B, who are top of the Segunda Division, beat the bottom side, Eldense, who saw their relegation confirmed in the process. "We'll figure out a lot of things, but I can not blame anyone without proof and without the players saying more publicly".



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