The family of Malaga owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani used the club’s money for their personal expenses and business interests, say police reports.
It is said that the club leant the family €5.5m on top of their €1.4m annual fee of being on the club’s board of directors, but the money was never returned and indeed was used to pay for flights, holidays, hotels, chauffeur-driven cars, lawyers, accommodation and other personal expenses.
The findings are outlined in a report from Cadena Ser, which also claims that the family had been buying out shares from smaller shareholders to increase their control at the club.
This is highly damaging for Al Thani and supports the recent decision to take the club out of his hands and is sure to increase fan discontent with the Qatari family.
The fact that it shows Al Thani receiving a salary from a sports club which owned by a company in its corporate environment to defend and promote their own economic interests is not above board.
The report comes a day after it emerged that world famous American actor George Clooney is interested in buying Spanish second division club, as per Diario AS.
Last week, Al Thani was temporarily removed as Malaga president by a regional court, as reported by Marca, over a series of charged including alleged illegal appropriation, unfair prejudice and improper management, with judicial administrator Jose Maria Munoz temporarily appointed in his place.
A €5.4m bond has also been placed upon Al Thani and his children, who are implicated in the alleged offences, and if this is not paid in the specified timeframe then the shares will be seized.
Al Thani purchased the Costa del Sol club in 2010 for a reported €36m and made a series of high-profile signings, with the high point seeing Malaga reach the 2013 Champions League quarter finals.
However, the club – who were relegated from La Liga in 2018 and are currently 14th in Segunda – have been plunged into several off-field crises since and it had been claimed that La Liga may force administration upon the Andalusian club and that would see them relegated from the Segunda.
Malaga are also in the news this month as they have been taken to court by former boss Victor Sanchez Del Amo over the nature of his dismissal last month.