Santander mayor backs Racing

The mayor of Santander has offered his support to the Racing players after they went on strike and refused to play on Thursday.

Racing lined-up for the Copa del Rey quarter-final second-leg but soon informed the referee they had no intention of playing the game.

The referee brought an early end to the tie as Racing staged a protest regarding unpaid wages.

Inigo de la Serna, the mayor of Santander, told Cadena Ser that the Racing players have his full backing.

“Yesterday they offered an example of professionalism and consistency,” de la Serna said.

“We are proud of each one of them.

“What happened was the beginning of change at the club and it was necessary.

“I advocate an immediate transition of ownership, peacefully, so we can return to talking about Racing’s successes and not these unpleasant situations.”