Elche have pledged to fight all the way after they were handed out their expected administrative relegation over unpaid taxes by a judge last Friday (June 5th).
Relegated Eibar have been given a lifeline to stay in the Primera Division taking Elche’s place, but the Ilicitanos face an even worse prospected of going down to Segunda B if they can’t pay off their debts in a timely manner.
Judge Manuel Rivero was not happy with the club’s payment plan solution for their outstanding 3.6 million euros owed to the Inland Revenue before the July 28th deadline, despite the club saying that the tax authority is happy with what they have negotiated.
But of even greater concern, is Elche’s need to come up with 14 million euros to cover all the back wages to the players and staff, as well as other organisations.
Most of that debt needs to be cleared by the end of the month, or else the spectre of Segunda B as opposed to the Segunda will loom. Elche president, Juan Anguix(pictured outside the stadium), has taken the matter to the country’s sporting arbitration court, and is also trying to get financial backing from local business leaders, with reports suggesting that eight million euros has already been pledged by an investment fund.
This week has also seen the club launch their season ticket sale campaign, with Anguiz confidant that immediate revenues from that will help boost the coffers. With Anguiz busy in Madrid, the launch was led by club vice-president, Daniel Rubio(leaning into the microphone).
Prices will rise between 20 and 30 percent with supporters not knowing which of three possible divisions their side will be playing in. The ticket campaign is called “33,732 seats….one single feeling”.