No pay, no play

Spelarna stod stilla i protest.

Racing Santander players refused to play since they haven’t been payed for a number of months

My sympathies – for a change – are with the footballers and the Santander fans and not with the Club administrators.

Daily Mail: Racing Santander have been banned from next year’s Copa del Rey after they refused to play their quarter-final second-leg tie against Real Sociedad on Thursday night in protest at not being paid since September. 

Earlier in the week the players had said they would only play if the club’s president resigned.

In the statement on Monday, Racing captain Mario Fernandez said the players had not been paid for a number of months despite promises they would be.

With still no response to that ultimatum throughout the week, Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) chief Luis Rubiales met with the Racing players and coaching staff in Santander on Thursday, and afterwards he confirmed there had been no change in the team’s stance.

Rubiales told a press conference: ‘If at 2100 (CET) the Racing board is the same as now, they will not play.

‘The squad decided something last Monday which they made public, and they continue thinking exactly the same, that if the current board has not resigned by the time of the game they are not going to play. They have the complete backing of the AFE, as always.’

Rubiales reminded the Racing players at the meeting that ‘there are rules and their decision not to play could have consequences, but they are strong and united and we have to be together with them’.

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