Spanish Soccer Players Refuse To Play Ball After Going Unpaid For Months

Tyler Durden's picture

The players of Spain's Racing Santander soccer club have not been paid for several months. While recent 'plans' for Europe's youth unemployed being placed into 'slavery' may be popular among the European politicians, it seems the Spanish soccer players have drawn the line. As Euronews reports, In an incredible show of dissatisfaction at management - which fans call "cheats" - the entire team and coaching staff refused to play ball - standing stoically in the middle of the field as their King's Cup game began against big rival Real Sociedad...




Via Euronews,

Football players of Spanish club Racing Santander declined to compete against Real Sociedad in the second leg of the quarter-final of the Copa Del Rey (King’s Cup) in protest at not having being paid for several months.

Racing’s manager as well as all members of the technical staff have also received no money from the club in that time.

Santander showed up for the game at its home ground, El Sardinero and the players warmed up as usual. Then, as soon as the referee had blown his whistle for kick-off, the Santander players gathered in the centre of the pitch and refused to participate in the match.

Sociedad’s players passed the ball around in their own half for a short while before one kicked the ball into touch. At that point the referee abandoned the game.

Racing’s fans were warned in advance about the players’ decision but many braved heavy rain and low temperatures; around 7,000 of them showed up in El Sardinero to stand by the players, applauding as the protest began.

Some had prepared large anti-management banners and had worked on a chant directed at the club’s management: “Go away cheats”.

Club chairman Angel Lavin did not show up at the match. Directors Leticia Vila, Jorge Madrazo and Lavin’s nephew, Jairo Lavin, were jeered as they entered the ground but failed to appear in the directors’ box.



On the bright side - at least if and when they get paid they won't have to pay 75% of it to the government like French soccer players...

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El Vaquero's picture

Uh-Oh, shit's going to get real in Spain now.  They are being faced with bread, but no circuses?

ZerOhead's picture

They should have just bet against themselves and then thrown the game like all the other players that haven't been paid well enough do...

john39's picture

the self appointed 'elite' are losing their ability to hold the matrix together...   this is starting to get interesting.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I watched this game for about an hour, and still nobody scored.

Say What Again's picture

Can you imagine players from an NFL team not getting paid?  Sounds like a good idea.  Let's nationalize the NFL.


BLOTTO's picture

I have an eerie feeling that WC Brasil 2014 - will be a a bit of a shit show...

Skateboarder's picture

Rich getting richer, poor getting poorer, demigod football players still idolized, and a lot more resentment all around.

No more Zidane to headbutt the Italians.

midtowng's picture

I'm surprised that some here aren't denouncing the players for striking. Any labor-type activity must be vigorously denounced on ZH

Rick Blaine's picture

The sad thing is this soccer game was still WAY more competitve/entertaining than the Pro Bowl and NBA All-Star game usually are these days...

...and no, I'm not a soccer fan... all.

Fortunate Fool's picture

A little bit of perspective here. The Santander club played in the first league (Liga) just 2 years ago but got degraded twice in a row because of its economic situation. The economic issues of this club are nothing new. This has as much to do with a difficult economic context as it has to do with a total management failure. The club was bought by a rich Indian guy and the club has been a mess ever since...

"On the bright side - at least if and when they get paid they won't have to pay 75% of it to the government like French soccer players..."

I'm sorry to disappoint you one more time, Tyler, but it's not the players that will pay the tax, but the teams. The players will get exactly the same revenue in their pockets. And to clarify things, the 75% tax is only applicable to revenue above one million euros, meaning 2 million euros salary will have an effective 55% tax rate. In reality, only a handful of players and teams are concerned with this tax... but why let the facts get in the way, especially if this allows you to take another cheap shot at your favourite target, eh?

pazmaker's picture

Oh Gee... just 55% tax...phew I'm glad you cleared that up  in that case I guess it's ok!

Fortunate Fool's picture

As I said before, it's the clubs that will be paying for the tax, not the players. For them, it doesn't change anything. By the way, I'm part of these weird people that think 2 million a year to kick in a ball add little value to a society. I'm not going to cry for the players or the clubs if the government is taxing them more to pay somthing like, say, health care. You know the french have a decent one. Believe it or not, in this country, you can get sick and don't get bankrupt as a result. Isn't that amazing? 

Urban Redneck's picture

A distinction without a difference... When the State seeks to increase its revenues by increasing the costs to for-profit enterprises, those enterprises pass the increased costs on to the CONSUMERS.

Props to marketing - the State is "socking it to the rich" be they owners or players, but the actual result is that prices will rise, and/or quantity or quality will be sacrificed in order to maintain enterprise margins.

You would think football fans would at least grasp the concept of keeping their eyes on the ball, but sheeple are sheeple, and they need to be fleeced.

Mr Pink's picture

No soccer in Europe? Now this shit is about to get real


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

This can't happen in the US.  Have you seen what US pro jocks get paid?

TruthInSunshine's picture

Futbal? Compensated? Really?

It's time for Hunger Games. Who do they think they are?

They shall be paid in extra days of life & cups of luke warm gruel.

All Hail the Banksters!


Overfed's picture

Fuck the Hunger Games. I'm waiting for The Running Man.

slaughterer's picture

Sort of a metaphor for the future of Europe as a whole.

kralizec's picture

Why is anybody in a socialist nation working anyway?  Should have learned from the soviet example...go back to state subsidized housing, eat state subsidized food (if any to be had) and drink vodka...screw work!

Now that Amerika has Obamunism we are rapidly facing the same choice.

ZerOhead's picture

You can bet that next home game the cops will be ordered to shoot the protesting players...

Matt's picture

Can they get tax liens against the Club and the property of its owners? Perhaps the players could take possession of the Club.

ebworthen's picture

We need more of this.

Jonas Parker's picture

The Spanish MSM will have a helluva time sweeping this under the rug!


no more banksters's picture

Straight to a TBTF model for soccer teams too.

syntaxterror's picture

Relax everyone, after the CEO gets his $22,000,000 paycheck taken care of, the little peoples' bank accounts will get the 'trickle down' from the remaining cash flow.

syntaxterror's picture

And ................. it's gone.

Everybodys All American's picture

So who won or is it Juan?

Temporalist's picture

“Spain is not Greece.”
Elena Salgado, Spanish Finance minister, Feb. 2010

“Portugal is not Greece.”
The Economist, 22nd April 2010.

“Ireland is not in ‘Greek Territory.”
Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan.

“Greece is not Ireland.”
George Papaconstantinou, Greek Finance minister, 8th November, 2010.

“Spain is neither Ireland nor Portugal.”
Elena Salgado, Spanish Finance minister, 16 November 2010.

“Neither Spain nor Portugal is Ireland.”
Angel Gurria, Secretary-general OECD, 18th November, 2010.


found at

lordylord's picture

If you ask me, they are being paid what they deserve for kicking a ball around.  Zilch.  How many millions of dollars are being wasted to put on a grand display of the police state at the super bowl this year?  Tax payers pay for it while the NFL collects the profits.  Screw the distraction known as pro sports.   

Rising Sun's picture

MOAR GOOBERMINT would fix this.


LMFAO - what a fucking shit show!!!!

Crash Overide's picture

Wouldn't it be nice if government employees of the corporation of United States did that... oh wait who the fuck am I kidding.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

goverment employees stand around and do nothing already

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

I hope the same shit happens at the SuperBowl on Sunday.  Not because the field rodents aren't getting paid (they are) but just because it would be hilarious.

Emergency Ward's picture

We do have a new administration.  Out are the Neo-Con Bush/Clinton-era B2 Bomber stadium fly-overs.  In are the Metro-Fascist Obama-era Predator-drone fly-overs.  In Christie/Corzine country of NJ of all places.

Rukeysers Ghost's picture

I blame the taper and bad weather on this.

Skateboarder's picture

And the future dysfuncitonality of MyRA too, of course.

debtor of last resort's picture

Hopefully things are getting out of hand before the EU 'elections' in may.

Mayhem, or something like that. Like Von Rompuy standing on a riding tank, hitting his head against a bridge.

Racer's picture

Racing Santander players

didn't get paid

Volaille de Bresse's picture

"Going unpaid for months" means they won't be able to buy their fav drugs. The entire Spainsih sport is enchanced with chemical substances...

Joe A's picture

What the world needs is for people working for television broadcasting companies to stop working.

creeko's picture

so the game emded in a 0-0 tie... what's so different?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

You DO realize that... 1. Santander is Spain's largest bank?

2.  Santander was their most robust/liquid bank, till they bought (ore were made to buy) toxic assets from GS.  Same for Greece.

What else needs to be said, besides that "GS does Satan's work"?  Cause Lucifer is their God.

vulcanraven's picture

I never understood the absurdity of watching little men run around chasing circular objects.