Coach of Spanish side Eldense Filippo di Pierro was arrested and taken in for questioning by the Spanish police this week.
His side were relegated from the third tier of Spanish football following a 12-0 defeat to Barcelona B on Saturday. Some players were crying after the game which was understandable given the embarrassing result and the consequences attathed. However, shortly after the match had finished there were allegations that it was fixed.
Eldense are now relegated to the Tercera Division for next season. They may not play for the rest of this campaign after the club ceased sporting activities, but one would assume that the controversy won’t end as quickly as their season did.
The Italian coach arrived in January, the same time an Italian investment company took over the club’s sporting and financial affairs. The contract with this company has ended after all of the controversy. The manager was arrested after some of the players were interrogated and the club president denounced the result of the match. (via 101 Great Goals) (via Sky Sports)
Cheikh Saad, a striker for the team has said that he was made aware of the events after the game. He has spoken out about the suspicious circumstances surrounding their horror defeat and confirmed there were people behind their relegation from Segunda División B.
“I know who [was involved] but I cannot say at the moment… four players are involved,”
“They did not bother to ask me because they knew what the answer would be,” he added. “I’d have withdrawn from the team. Half an hour before the game I was in the team and then I wasn’t. After the game I got on the team bus and my teammates told me: ‘You should know that there are players down there [in the dressing room] who threw the match’.
“I went back down to the dressing room and there was a row going on. There were almost punches thrown. There is even a leader who told the others what to do.
“They are not involved in any way. Barca B did nothing. They did what they had to do [on the pitch]. If it had been me I would have done the same.” (via Goal)
Saad went on to make further comments through social media.
“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.” (via Goal)