La Liga investigate 12-0 scoreline

The Eldense board subsequently requested the league launch an investigation into possible match-fixing, while in a statement, they also revealed their intention to sever ties with an Italian investment group who had partnered with the club.

The final whistle had barely blown when one of the Eldense players, Cheikh Saad publically denounced that some of his companions had deliberately thrown the game, although he also insisted that Barcelona had not been behind the scandal, which is thought to have been provoked by an global match fixing ring "based in Asia".

"There are four players involved in match fixing".

"Half an hour before playing the game against Barcelona B I was starting, but then I was out of the line-up".

Saad did say that Barcelona had nothing to do with the match-fixing and just did what they had to do. The coach knew something, I'm sure, and the players too.

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

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.

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"There were four that were involved and I have given the names to the police".

Saad said he learned match-fixers wanted the scored to be 8-0 at halftime and 12-0 at the end, both of which happened. "After the game I came close to punching some of my team mates", Saad said.

Di Pierro was appointed coach after an Italian investor took control of the club earlier this season with suspicions now raised over whether that investment was linked to illegal betting patterns.

"We have to get to the end of this".

"For the past four weeks, we have seen odd things like we saw in the game in Cornella", he said.

Aguilar had suspected match-fixing "for a few weeks" prior to the defeat.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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