Derby ding-dong

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Elche foot­ball club have been drawn against their lo­cal ri­vals Hér­cules of Ali­cante in the third round of the Copa del Rey in what could be cat­e­gorised as a high-risk game by po­lice.

The match is to be played on Septem­ber 20 at the Rico Pérez sta­dium in Ali­cante but kick-off time is yet to be con­firmed.

As well as be­ing a derby, the spoils for the win­ner will in­clude play­ing the next round against a team that qual­i­fied for Europe, as hap­pened last sea­son when Hér­cules drew Barcelona.

Both teams also have the du­bi­ous hon­our of be­ing so laden with debt that the re­gional gov­ern­ment’s fi­nan­cial in­sti­tute (IVF) is their ma­jor­ity stake­holder af­ter it guar­an­teed loans they were un­able to pay back and was left with shares it has been un­able to sell since.

In 2016 the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion an­nounced fines for sev­eral Span­ish clubs, in­clud­ing these two and Va­len­cia, for re­ceiv­ing what was con­sid­ered ‘il­le­gal aid’ be­cause ‘us­ing pub­lic money to fi­nance pro­fes­sional foot­ball clubs could be un­fair com­pe­ti­tion’. By Dave Jones AN EX­PLO­SION in the mos­quito pop­u­la­tion fol­low­ing re­cent rains led Tor­re­vieja town hall to or­der ‘in­ten­sive treat­ment against the scourge’.

Res­i­dents in many ar­eas of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity – in­clud­ing San Luis, La Si­esta and El Chaparral – have com­plained of the pro­lif­er­a­tion of vo­ra­cious in­sects in re­cent weeks.

The spray­ing cam­paign to com­bat the pests started last Satur­day and was due to fin­ish yes­ter­day (Thurs­day).

Mayor José Manuel Dolón said last Fri­day that all ar­eas of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity would be vis­ited by work­ers from the con­ces­sion­ary com­pany which deals with such scourges in Tor­re­vieja, Com­pañía de Tratamien­tos Le­vante.

“We are try­ing to nul­lify the plague of mos­qui­toes which is af­fect­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity,” he stated.

“All the ur­ban­i­sa­tion, neigh­bour­hoods and nat­u­ral spa­ces will be treated.”

Sr Dolón said that heavy rain at the end of Au­gust had left pud­dles and pools of wa­ter.

The mayor ex­plained that this sit­u­a­tion had pro­duced had a ‘pro­lif­er­a­tion of lar­vae’, gen­er­at­ing the ‘ap­pear­ance of mos­qui­toes en masse’.

“Our ob­jec­tive is to re­duce the nui­sance that this has cre­ated for the res­i­dents of Tor­re­vieja,” he said.

He noted that the ‘shock plan’ was in ad­di­tion to the ha­bit­ual anti-pest work which is done around the mu­nic­i­pal­ity by Com­pañía de Tratamien­tos Le­vante.

A worker from the con­ces­sion­ary com­pany spray­ing the mos­quito lar­vae

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