‘The League owes Elche nothing’

LFP President Javier Tebas has stood by the decision of a court to relegate Elche from the Primera for non-payment of tax.

Speaking to Cadena COPE, Tebas was asked if it was fair Elche were sent down despite achieving safety with their results on the pitch.

“The League owes nothing to Elche. Eibar [saved by Elche’s relegation] have the right to play in the top flight. It will be settled in July,” he said.

“Elche’s debt [to the Treasury] is €8m. And it happened last year too. All clubs can pay in the long-term. We can’t help it when there’s a relegation because of the neglect of the directors.

“The damage caused by teams competing unfairly and failing to pay their debts or to pay players is very high.

“Freezing the TV money to help Elche would favour those teams who don’t pay. We want to avoid unfair competition and Elche have competed unfairly.

“If Eibar did the same they could have had better players. It’s the former directors’ fault. We advocate fair competition. The new directors said they were going to fix it and pay.

“Getafe? They have a record for this too. If their debt isn’t met this is the risk they face.

“If a court grants an injunction to Elche then they’ll be saved. Eibar are in the top flight because it was agreed in February that the highest-ranked team in the relegation zone would stay up in the case of an administrative relegation.”

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