Un­paid Span­ish play­ers seek 2nd-di­vi­sion game post­pone­ment

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Spain’s play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion joined the play­ers of sec­ond-di­vi­sion team Reus in ask­ing the coun­try’s soc­cer fed­er­a­tion to post­pone its next match be­cause of the club’s crit­i­cal fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion says that it made the re­quest re­gard­ing Reus’ match at Malaga to­day.

Reus only has 12 play­ers be­cause their for­mer teammates left af­ter not hav­ing been paid for over three months, thereby free­ing them from their con­tracts.

US de­fender Shaq Moore, who was on loan from first-di­vi­sion club Le­vante, was one of those who left. He has re­turned to Le­vante.

The as­so­ci­a­tion says Reus “is in clear in­fe­ri­or­ity from a sport­ing per­spec­tive in re­la­tion to its ri­vals.”

Reus, a club from north­east­ern Spain founded in 1909, said last month that it had found the money to play its play­ers, but four have since left.

The play­ers have blamed the sit­u­a­tion on ma­jor­ity stake­holder Joan Oliver.

Reus is in 21st place in the 22team di­vi­sion.

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