Elche relegated from La Liga for failing to pay tax debts

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Spanish club Elche have been relegated from La Liga for unpaid debts.

The Alicante-based club finished 13th in Spain’s premier division last season but the LFP have said that they will be demoted due to “very serious infractions” of the sports law and league rules in place in Spain.

Elche were also fined £130,000 but did say they would appeal against their sanctions if found guilty and promised any debts would be paid by the end of next month.

The debts include nine million Euros to the Spanish Inland revenue and a further six million is owed to playing staff.

“Debts have not been paid, deferred or secured”

In a statement on their website, the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) said: “The ruling states that, at present, Elche CF has liquid, overdue, and payable debt owed to the State Tax Administration Agency (AEAT). This debt that has not been paid, deferred, or secured, as shown by the State Tax Administration Agency.

“The Social Discipline Judge has agreed to impose upon Elche C.F the sanction of relegation from La Liga in view of the recidivism in the case.”

Eibar reinstated to La Liga

Elche were previously sanctioned for their unpaid debts last season whilst under the management of former President Jose Sepulcre.

The current President of Elche C.F, Juan Anguix, and the Board of Directors are due to make a statement regarding the punishment handed out to the club.

Elche’s relegation means Eibar will be reinstated to La Liga. The Basque club were relegated after finishing 18th in their debut season in Spain’s top-flight.

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