“We will go to the highest authorities, because what happened today (Monday) is lamentable”, fumed the president of Deportivo, Fernando Vidal, in front of the press. “It is the last straw, that the principle of equality for all is not respected,” he added, saying he did not understand why the entire last day was not postponed.
“The competition was totally and absolutely skewed. We were very surprised when we were told that the rest of the matches were going to be played. A very serious mistake has been made. The last two days must be played at the same time (in multiplex, in order to avoid an asymmetry of information between the teams and to maintain the uncertainty of the results until the end, Editor’s note), it is the rule. The last day must be replayed, there is no other solution ”, demanded the Galician leader.
At the heart of this imbroglio, the match between La Coruña and Fuenlabrada was postponed to July 30 by joint decision of the Professional League (LaLiga), the Spanish federation (RFEF) and the health authorities, after the discovery of at least eight cases positive within the club in the suburbs of Madrid (including six players).
“We will appeal to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport)”
However, this meeting was high stakes since Fuenlabrada can still qualify for the play-offs for accession to the first division if he at least draws against the “Depor”, which could eject Elche from the qualifying places (3rd – 6th places). “Elche is the only club penalized. What must we do ? Do we continue to train, or do I give two days of vacation to the players? “, Squeaked” Pacheta “, the coach of Elche. “We’re going to explode. We have been playing for two and a half months without a day off, ”added the technician, currently qualified for the play-offs but threatened by Fuenlabrada. A dissatisfaction shared by Rayo Vallecano, ejected from the top 6 qualifier on Monday.
According to the Spanish press, after the postponement of La Coruña – Fuenlabrada to July 30, the semi-finals of the accession play-offs should be postponed to August 2 and 5, and the final in two-way matches on August 8 and 11 , to decide who will accompany Huesca and Cadiz in La Liga next season.
“We will appeal to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) for procedural defect and to the Spanish federation (RFEF) to contest this day”, warned Fernando Vidal. “There will be a rain of complaints from other clubs who also felt aggrieved by this botched decision,” he added. And if they stretch in length, these remedies could postpone the play-offs for accession to La Liga … whose new season must begin in September!
In short, while LaLiga had so far succeeded in the challenge of organizing a safe end of the championship, with in particular the coronation of Real Madrid in LaLiga, this controversy during the last day of D2 is stain. Especially since this scandal comes as Spain, one of the countries in Europe most affected by the pandemic, is facing the awakening of several outbreaks of infections, in particular in Lleida (Catalonia) and Ordizia (Basque Country).