Barcelona dragged into match-fixing probe after B Team win 12-0

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Barcelona have found themselves at the centre of a match-fixing investigation following their B team's 12-0 victory over Eldense last weekend.

Eldense's manager Filippo do Pierro has been arrested by police who are investigating the result, on the recommendation of the club's board.

Following the fixture which relegated Eldense out of Spain's third tier, the Segunda B division, striker Cheik Saad alleged some of this teammates played under instructions not to score goals.

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"There are four players involved in match fixing," Saad told local reporters.

"I don't care what happens, but when I can, I will give the names of these players.

Saad, who has yet to publicly disclose evidence for his claims, added: "Half an hour before playing the game against Barcelona B I was starting, but then I was out of the line-up. They told a teammate this game was fixed and if he wanted to play he should not score goals. They didn't ask me as they knew what my answer would be."

Eldense have since announced they have cut ties with an unnamed Italian investment group that had been working with the club.

"We have to get to the end of this," said club president David Aguilar. "What we saw was not football and I was tremendously ashamed."

A lawyer representing the investment group has filed a counter suit against Aguilar for slander, according to local reports.

Barcelona B, the reserve side of Spanish champions Barcelona, have birthed the careers of club legends such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.

Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique cut their teeth as managers with them before leading the first team to glory.

Barcelona are not suspected of any wrongdoing.

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