Eldense coach arrested after 12-0 loss to Barcelona B team

The gambling brigade of the Specialised and Violent Crimes Unit (UDEV) of Spain's national police arrested the coach of the Club Deportivo Eldense, Filippo di Pierro, and an Italian investor, Nobile Capuani.

Eldense ended its contract with the group of Italian investors and temporarily ceased its sporting activities on Sunday, a day after the record-equalling defeat sealed its relegation.

Defender Emmanuel Mendy said in an interview with radio station Cadena Ser on Monday that the club's assistant coach, Fran Ruiz, had spoken to him in the hotel before the game about the plot to fix it.

Meanwhile Eldense player Cheikh Saad also denounced alleged match-fixing, speaking to RAC1.

"I don't care. When they let me say the names I will say them but I'm not going to go from ground to ground with people laughing at me when I always do my best on the pitch."
He said he was told players would be paid 30,000 euros ($31,965.00) each for fixing the game.

"They did not bother to ask me because they knew what the answer would be". Emmanuel Mendy is another player who refused to warm up and did not participate in the game because he knew what had happened.

It took them just seven minutes to open the scoring, and the goals flowed steadily from that point.

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Saad said his suspicion grew before the game when he and another regular starter were left off Saturday's starting XI.

The coach, who arrived when an Italian investment group took control of the club, is accused of corruption.

Seven coaches, 52 players employed and three presidents in only one season indicate that the club was in the throes of a downward spiral. What we saw at the Mini Estadi was not football and I was tremendously ashamed.

"There have been very odd things going on.

Now we will use youth team players for our remaining games, who I'm certain will compete more than those that played on Saturday".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

  • Regina Holmes