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


An Italian coach has been arrested by Spanish police investigating allegations of match-fixing.

Filippo Di Pierro, the boss of Spanish third division side Eldense, was arrested after his side’s 12-0 defeat to Barcelona’s B team on Saturday.

There is no indication Barcelona B were involved in any wrongdoing.

Di Pierro, who joined the club in January, was hired by an unnamed Italian investment group that has since severed ties with the club.

The defeat, a joint record for Spain’s third tier, sealed Eldense’s relegation.

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

What happened during the game?

In an interview with Spanish radio station, Cadena Ser,