Just ten days before the start of the Football League season in Spain a judge has ordered the reinstatement of Real Murcia into the Segunda A (Spanish 2nd division) throwing the National league (LFP)into chaos.
The club were relegated by the football authorities last week when they failed to reach agreement with the tax authorities about the repayment of a 12 million euro debt with Mirandes, who finished fourth from bottom of the Liga Adelante last season, being told that they would not now be relegated.
But on Wednesday Real Murcia appealed the decision which was overturned in the Commercial Court in Madrid thereby requiring the LFP to allow the club to be readmitted into the Liga Adelante.
So with Mirandes being given the earlier reprieve, that now raises the prospect of having to play this season’s Segunda A with 23 clubs in the division instead of the usual 22 and completely re-drawing the fixture calendar just 10 days before the new season is due to kick off.
However, in a further twist, the LFP published a statement on Wednesday rejecting the orders of the court and insisting that Murcia would not play in Spain’s second tier this season.
“We repeat that under no circumstances can Real Murcia SAD be reinstated for the current season,” reads the LFP communique, which they explains such an act would be “judicially impossible,” and highlighting that the club has committed financial irregularities on more than one occasion and that the club currently owes 12 million euros (around 16 million US dollars) in unpaid taxes to the Spanish Treasury.
The LFP adds that the case Murcia has taken to court is independent from that which the LFP used to relegate the club, all of which means the coming days will almost certainly see a crossfire of accusations and counter-accusations as the kick off date gets closer without the issue being definitively resolved.
However at the weekend Mundo Deportivo reported that the LFP have said in a statement that they now respect the decision of the court and have delayed the start of the League while the situation is resolved. They have decided to push back the start date of the league and a meeting will be held today, Monday, to address the issue with the clubs, the LFP, the RFEF and the players’ association, the AFE, involved.
Today will also see the LFP consider their response to the court, with LFP President Javier Tebas to hold a Press conference at the end of the series of meetings.
The LFP have also contacted all the teams in the League to inform them of their position and said in a statement they expect developments over the next 10 days.
Murcia finished fourth in the Segunda last season, but missed out in the playoffs before their relegation was announced for financial reasons.
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