‘If it were down to the banks…’

Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) chief Luis Rubiales says that if it were down to the banks and taxman, Deportivo would have been relegated today.

The Galciian outfit narrowly missed an administrative relegation to the Segunda B last night when a late anonymous guarantor allowed payment of overdue wages to past and present players at the club.

Seeing them remove their threat, via the AFE, to press charges, the LFP’s deadline of July 31 to resolve the issue was met and forced relegation was avoided.

For the AFE’s President, if the decision had been down to the Hacienda (tax authorities) and the banks, who are both major creditors at the club, Depor would not have made the deadline.

“The squad of Deportivo, together with their managers, the Football League (LFP) and football in general have been those to save Deportivo,” Rubiales explained to reporters today.

“If it had been down to the Hacienda or the banks, the club would now not be in the Segunda Division.

“The agreement is something that has happened on previous occasions too. We are pleased to have made this move.

“It was the solution that everyone in the game has wanted and allows Deportivo to continue. We have our differences, but when there is an injustice we all unite.”

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