Depor avoid forced relegation

Deportivo La Coruna have avoided automatic relegation to Spanish football's third tier, the Segunda Division B, after a third party agreed to cover outstanding payments owed to players.

Last Updated: 01/08/13 at 12:23 Post Comment

Deportivo La Coruna: Deal reached just in time

Deportivo La Coruna: Deal reached just in time

The deal was reached 15 minutes before Wednesday night's midnight deadline, by which time the players would have officially denounced the club to the Spanish Football League (LFP) to activate a punishment of automatic relegation.

The AFE, the players' union, will cover the outstanding wages, which will be reimbursed by the third-party guarantor, who has not yet been named.

The Galician club, who won the Primera Division title in 2000, were relegated from Spain's top flight on the final day of last season, for the second time in three years.

Last January the club entered administration, declaring it had a debt of 93million euros.

"Today is a good day, one on which we can look to the future with calm," club president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro was quoted by AS as telling reporters after leaving a meeting between the club, its administrators, the AFE and the LFP.

"I never thought the club was in danger of not staying in the Segunda Division. The negotiations have been tough, but in the end we reached an agreement."

However, he warned the club was not out of the woods yet, saying: "The issue won't be resolved immediately, we still have no viable plan."

The club's coach Fernando Vazquez added: "We are extraordinarily happy. This is a shot of adrenaline in the arm, we will survive."

Two other Spanish clubs, however, were not so lucky.

Last night Guadalajara saw their appeal against their automatic relegation from Segunda A to Segunda B rejected by a court, while Xerez, who were in the top flight as recently as 2010, were condemned to the fourth tier after being unable to pay their players.

The Andalusian club were relegated to Segunda Division B last season.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

find him unwatchable, unreadable and unlistenable. Apart from that he's fine.

spuzzell
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

T

hat's the oldest looking 33 year old I have ever seen.

forestfaninaus
Alex Neil: The New Breed Of Scottish Manager

E

very single time I hear any story about Peter Crouch, I find myself liking him more. Is there any other footballer out there like him?

megabrow (cufc)
Football And Alcohol: Angels And Demons

Footer 365

West Brom boss Tony Pulis admits Saido Berahino may leave

Saido Berahino can leave West Brom "if the deal is right", says manager Tony Pulis.

Steve McClaren set to be removed from Derby role on Friday

Steve McClaren is set to leave his post as Derby manager later on Friday, Sky sources understand.

West Ham: No Monday meeting for Sam Allardyce who is off on a family holiday

Sam Allardyce accepts that his future as manager of West Ham will be decided on Monday “one way or other.”

Mail Box

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

England Have Four Proper Good Players...

Let's see if you can guess who they are, according to one mailboxer. we also have lots on Raheem Sterling and some views on breaking down defences and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company