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