The players of Levante have confirmed that they will go on strike if the club do not meet a deadline to resolve the payment of debts owed to the squad.
“We have worked honourably and fought hard for a long time and have reached a unanimous decision that if there is no solution before the Recreativo Huelva game we will go on strike that weekend,” defender Luis Rubiales, speaking for the squad, told a news conference.
“We recognise that this decision has an adverse effect on many people, but we are the ones who are really suffering. We know we have the fans’ support.”
The Valencia-based club look destined to be relegated as they lie 15 points from safetywith six games to go.
It is not the first time the players have threatened action over money they claim is owed to them this season. The club planned to raise money by selling their city-centre stadium but have run in to delays that remain unresolved.
The statement from the players overshadowed the presentation of new coach Jose Angel Moreno, who has been put in charge until the end of the season following the departure of Giovanni De Biasi to Torino on Wednesday.
“We are in a very difficult situation in sporting and financial terms and this has affected the squad,” Moreno said.
“The best thing we can do is to fight on with dignity as we have done up to now.”