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

W

hen a players ability sinks to less than SWP's, but his value accelerates to more than £50m you know you must be in the comments section of an article about a Liverpool player leaving.

goober
Sterling Case For Leaving 'Bigger' Club

I

ll never forget Matt Stanger on Scott Dann on the transfer blog. I've always rated Dann since his time at Brum, and some newspaper had him going to a biggish club after Blackburn's relegation. A ball playing defender, Stanger mused, quoting. Pah. He's a godawful hoofer .

arexrarris
F365's Top Ten Unheralded Players Of The Season

T

o be fair, one of the reasons its so difficult for certain clubs to get close to Real Madrid or Barcelona is once they have a player who is good enough to compete against the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona, they f*ck off, usually to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

hump3.
Simeone baffled by PL failure

Footer 365

Radamel Falcao could still make Manchester United move permanent

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev claims Manchester United could still sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal.

Liverpool and Standard Chartered extend shirt deal until 2019

Liverpool have renewed their sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered Bank which now runs until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Jurgen Klopp not a West Ham target, says Karren Brady

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says reports that the club have approached Jurgen Klopp to take over as manager are "nonsense".

Mail Box

Bentaleb Should Be On Unheralded List...

Nabil Bentaleb could be as good as Luka Modric, says one Tottenham fan. We also have lots of mails on Chelsea's style as well as Raheem Sterling's price tag...

Brendan Rodgers Deserves Another Season...

"I am not bashing Chelsea, however..." The Mailbox takes aim at Jose Mourinho once again and under-fire Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers "deserves another season".

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