Spanish High Court Judge Eva María Alfageme Almena today ruled on the Elche relegation case, refusing the injunction requested by the club and confirming their relegation to the Spanish Second Division.
The relegation had been imposed on Elche by the Liga’s social affairs judge as punishment for having outstanding debts due to the Spanish tax authorities. As a result of Elche’s relegation, Eibar, who finished last year’s league in 18th place and would have been relegated on the basis of results, will stay up.
Elche will play in the second division next year and are left to continue their fight over the relegation in the courts. If they eventually win the legal battle it’s likely they will only receive economic compensation. The club estimate the losses and damages caused by relegation will reach around 79 million euros.
Elche reject High Court relegation ruling
The club reacted angrily to the decision confirming their relegation for unpaid tax bills.
Elche have published a statement on their website rejecting the Spanish High Court’s decision to remove the injunction preventing them from being relegated from the Spanish first division. The decision in effect confirms the decision of the Liga’s social affairs judge ratified by the Spanish Tribunal for Sport to relegate Elche for having failed to pay their taxes on time.
Elche said the High Court’s decision meant their “time in the top flight of Spanish football has been brought to an end by a completely excessive decision” and that the club would take every action available to them under the law to defend their interests.
While Elche can appeal today’s decision it would seem highly unlikely they could legally force their way back into first division for the 2015-16 season and any recourse they obtain would be limited to economic compensation.
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