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Thursday January 16 2020
Explained: Rayo Vallecano, Roman Zozulya and Nazi chants

Last month, a Spanish match was suspended for the first time as Rayo Vallecano fans chanted at former striker Roman Zozula - Cillian Shields explains.

Roman Zozulya and Rayo Vallecano

On December 16, the encounter between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete Balompié in Spain’s second tier was suspended after the visiting team opted not to take to the field for the second half. The decision followed chants made from the home ultras directed towards the opposition striker Roman Zozulya, calling him a Nazi. Albacete’s decision was supported by the directors of Rayo Vallecano.

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Sunday January 5 2020
Sevilla linked with Benfica striker Raul de Tomas

Sevilla are reportedly eyeing a move for Benfica's Raul de Tomas as part of their hunt for a new striker in January.

Julen Lopetegui has been consistently linked with moves for attacking options in the coming weeks, after struggling for goals so far this season, after the summer departures of Wissan Ben Yedder and Pablo Sarabia.

Luuk De Jong, Rony Lopes, Munas Dabbur and Lucas Ocampos have all found it difficult to fill the void left by those two, and Lopetegui looks certain to make a signing to bolster their forward line.

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Friday December 27 2019
Rayo Vallecano against Albacete to be played behind closer doors

The second half of the abandoned match between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete will be played behind closed doors, La Liga have confirmed.

The match was called off at half-time earlier this month due to insults directed from the home fans at Vallecas towards Ukrainian striker Roman Zozulya.

It was the first ever match to be abandoned in Spanish football due to chants and gestures from fans, which were alleging that the player held extreme political views.

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Tuesday December 3 2019
Eibar and Rayo Vallecano players face jail terms

Eibar striker Sergi Enrich (pictured) and Rayo Vallecano defender Antonio Luna could face up to five years in prison for a recorded sex video.

The two players were filmed having intercourse with a woman, who is heard to be shouting ‘stop, don’t do that!’, during the footage, as outlined by El Mundo Deportivo.

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Tuesday November 12 2019
Real Madrid: Brahim Diaz rejects Rayo Vallecano loan switch

Real Madrid playmaker Brahim Diaz has rejected a loan switch to second division club Rayo Vallecano, report Cadena Ser.

The Malaga native joined Los Blancos in a €15m deal from Manchester City in January but a report in Marca earlier this month suggested he now may find himself surplus to requirements.

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Sunday October 27 2019
Fran Beltran open to Celta Vigo exit

Celta Vigo midfielder Fran Beltran is open to leaving the club in January, if he continues to be frozen out of the team.

Beltran signed for the Galician club from Rayo Vallecano at the start of the 2018-19 campaign in an €8M deal, making 30 La Liga appearances last season as the club staved off relegation to the Segunda Division.

However he has started just five of Celta's 10 La Liga games so far this season, with manager Fran Escriba rotating between him and former Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.

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Thursday October 10 2019
Midfielder Alvaro Medran joins Chicago Fire

MLS side Chicago Fire have completed the signing of Spanish midfielder Alvaro Medran, whose former clubs include Real Madrid and Valencia.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano from Valencia - and netted three goals across 21 appearances for the Vallecas-based side.

However, his Los Che contract expired this year and he has now penned a two-year contract with the United States club, who he will be registered for from January 2020 onwards.

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Sunday September 1 2019
Leonardo Ulloa joins Rayo Vallecano

Former Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa has joined Rayo Vallecano.

The veteran Argentinian striker was released by the Premier League side at the end of the 2017-18 season, after four seasons with the Foxes .

He joined Mexican club Pachuca on a one-year deal for the 2018-19 campaign, but he was not offered an extension on his contract at the club this summer.

Ulloa is joined in Vallecas by Antonio Milic, as the defender joins on a season long loan deal from Belgian side Anderlecht.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Real Betis sign Alex Moreno from Rayo Vallecano

Real Betis have completed the signing of Rayo Vallecano defender Alex Moreno on a five-year contract, it has been confirmed.

The 25-year-old had been one of the standout players for relegated Rayo last season was always likely to depart following their demotion back to the second tier.

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Wednesday August 14 2019
Real Betis agree Alex Moreno fee with Rayo Vallecano

Real Betis have agreed a fixed fee of €7m for Rayo Vallecano defender Alex Moreno and are now discussing variables, say ABC de Sevilla.

The 25-year-old had been one of the standout players for relegated Rayo last season and appears likely to depart following their demotion back to the second tier.

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