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SBD Global/January 28, 2014/Franchises

Spanish Third Division Side Racing Santander Players Demand Board's Resignation

Spanish third division side Racing Santander's players "have delivered an ultimatum to the club's directors," according to the EFE. Racing Santander captain Mario Fernández read from a statement on Monday "announcing the the decision to not take the field of play for the team's next game -- a Copa del Rey second leg quarterfinal match against Real Sociedad on Thursday -- if Racing's directors do not resign in the 'upcoming hours.'" The players have not been paid since September. Due to "owed payments and false promises, the players took the decision to make a stand." Fernández said that he hopes the club's fans "understand and support the decision." The statement said, "The lack of an adequate response from the Administrative Council and the grave economic situation in which we find ourselves have forced the roster to unanimously adopt the decision to request the immediate resignation of the president and the Administrative Council." The "proposal from Racing's first team has had an echo with the team's junior clubs." The coaches of the Racing Santander youth teams said that "they will also not compete until the board resigns" (EFE, 1/27).
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