MADRID (AP) — Spanish police investigating match-fixing have detained the coach of a third-division club that lost 12-0 to Barcelona’s “B” team over the weekend.
Police say Eldense coach Filippo Vito di Pierro, who is Italian, was detained Monday in the small eastern city of Elda. Authorities detained him after interrogating some Eldense players following a complaint made by the club’s president.
Eldense temporarily ceased its sporting activities on Sunday, a day after the loss sealed its relegation.
The 12-0 loss equaled a record for Spain’s third division. Extremadura routed Portuense by the same score in 1993.
Di Pierro was acting as one of Eldense’s coaches alongside Fran Ruiz Casares. Spanish media said the Italian was in the process of having his head-coaching license certified.
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