Coach arrested for match fixing against Barcelona

Coach arrested for match fixing against Barcelona

- A coach of a Spanish third division side was arrested on allegations of match fixing

- Filippo di Pierrom the man arrested is the manager of of Spanish third division side Eldense

- Eldense lost 12 - 0 to Barcelona B side which sealed their relegation from the Spanish third division

Italian coach Filippo di Pierro has been arrested by Spanish police following allegations of match-fixing against Barcelona team B.

Coach arrested for match fixing against Barcelona

Eldense coach, Filippo di Pierro

Pierro, the boss of Spanish third division side Eldense, saw his side lose 12-0 defeat by Barcelona's B team on Saturday,, April 1 though it is believed that the Catalans were not involved in any wrongdoing.

Di Pierro joined the club in January after he was hired by an unnamed Italian investment group that has since cut off ties with the club.

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The 12 - 0 loss is a joint record for Spain's third tier.

NAIJ.com also understands that the defeat sealed Eldense's relegation.

The club had earlier said they would not play any more matches this season, but later backtracked and confirmed the fixtures would be honoured.

In an interview with Spanish radio station, Cadena Ser, Eldense defender Emmanuel Mendy said the club's assistant coach, Fran Ruiz, had spoken to him about a plan to fix the game.

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"He asked me if I was in and how much I wanted and if I wasn't in then I wouldn't play," said Mendy.

Ruiz also spoke to Cadena Ser and reportedly said: "In principle the orders came from above, from the coach.

"I didn't know what to do, I was between a rock and a hard place.

"I didn't say a word in the dugout, I made no substitutions and I didn't send anyone out to warm up. Then I resigned from the club."

Meanwhile you can watch this video for former Nigerian International Sam Sodje telling a journalist how to fix a match:

Source: Sports.naij.com

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