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SBD Global/June 9, 2014/Franchises

Owner Abdullah Al-Thani To Quit La Liga Side Malaga Due To 'Lack Of Respect'

La Liga side Malaga Owner Abdullah Al-Thani "has said he is to end his association" with the club "after bemoaning a perceived lack of respect," according to FOOTBALL ESPANA. Marca reported that Al-Thani "made the announcement on his Twitter account and has previously issued such threats." He "had already withdrawn funding for the club, who were banned from Europe last season for financial irregularities." Al-Thani wrote on Twitter, “I’m sorry to say this [but] yes I will go from here. Because I did not find the respect and appreciation and equality” (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 6/6). SKY SPORTS reported Al-Thani "has taken a swipe at regional public schools" in southern Spain. Al-Thani "has faced ongoing frustration in his attempts to redevelop the La Liga side due to a lack of support from decision-makers at local level." Al-Thani is "unhappy at local bureaucracy over delays in projects to redevelop the club and surrounding area." They are "still at an impasse over the sale of their La Rosaleda stadium and building work on their training ground" (SKY SPORTS, 6/6).
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