A win for Barca was expected, but the 12-0 final score in a match they had led 8-0 at half time most certainly wasn' t. Eldense have won just three games and lost 24 and are bottom of group III in the Segunda Division B, 16 points behind their nearest rivals. Indeed, after the match Eldense forward Cheikh Saad gave an interview where he outright stated that the match was fixed.
In an interview with Spanish radio station, Cadena Ser, Eldense defender Emmanuel Mendy said the club's assistant coach, Fran Ruiz, had spoken to him about a plan to fix the game.
Yes, even in the third tier that's an embarrassing result - so much so that it not only tied the league record for worst loss ever, but it caused Eldense's board board of directors to cancel the remainder of the season.
The defeat on Saturday, the heaviest loss in the Spanish third tier since 1992, sealed Eldense's relegation to the Tercera Division.
"We're going to investigate because there are certain collateral issues with an Italian investment group that bear the hallmarks of the possible involvement of an global betting ring which may be related to match-fixing".
"Players who do not play and suddenly they put them in, then they remove players who are doing well".
"I started to have doubts after we played Cornella on March 19th, I saw that something unusual was going on", said Aguillar in the Spanish media.
"In the dressing room, I nearly came to blows with some of them, there were four implicated in it".
"There are four players involved in match fixing".
"I saw weird things: lack of intensity, only one card, players who didn't go in for a tackle", he added. "Were opponents involved? I don't know, they did what they had to do - score goals".
There are 80 teams in Seguna B and they are divided into four groups, according to their region.
Two first half hat-tricks!
I wanted those players that had started and fixed it to be the ones to finish the game in shame.