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VIDAL: “THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR TEBAS”

28 Aug 2020
Depor’s president gave a press conference after the demotion to Segunda B was confirmed. He is promising to continue the war against the LFP.

Deportivo’s president, Fernando Vidal, gave a press conference together with the club’s lawyer, Óscar Rama, after the CSD decided to not allow a league with 24 clubs at Segunda División. The club is now open to play at Segunda, but promises war against La Liga and Javier Tebas. The following is a summary of the things he said.

THE DEMOTION
Vidal: “Today in the act of the Federation, La Liga and the CSD, the final outcome hasn’t worked justice. As you have seen in the statement, our discomfort is enormous. We are going to continue in all ways of ordinary justice, which we hope will be true justice, defending the club.  The duel has passed and we are going to continue working for the rights of the club. This is an outrage on the rights and interests of the club."

THE ATTITUDE OF THE CSD
Vidal: "The CSD's attitude has changed. I don't know what happened, but its position in this process has changed. Obviously there were changes, an inaction by the president of the CSD, we have sent many writings from Deportivo and Numancia, requesting the disqualification of Tebas, the issue of Fuenlabrada... in fact on July 20 with the positives of Fuenlabrada they felt cheated. They didn’t act with justice. Today the meeting is with marked cards. The power of La Liga, with the CSD, I don’t know in exchange for what. We are going to fight for our rights.”

THE SON OF THE CSD’S EMISSARY WORKS AT LA LIGA
Vidal: "We learned about this issue yesterday, shortly after the CSD issued a statement. It seems that it isn’t important for a person to have someone in an organ such as La Liga. I think it’s important. Purity has to reach all extremes. In that case, you need to have a neat behavior. That the son of Joaquín, who is serious and honest, works in the league, does not help the image of cleanliness.”

WHAT TO DO NOW?
Vidal: "We have gone in parallel with ordinary justice, but we had to follow certain terms in sporting justice, which hasn’t been so much justice. They haven’t given us the right to defend ourselves. It is enough to remember the work of the La Liga judge, who closed the case only 25 hours of been opened. One hundred and some pages. Humiliating treatment, manipulated by the league. In some cases, we have already put issues in the ordinary justice”

Rama: "We have in ordinary justice the match against Extremadura due to improper lineup. And now we will appeal the calendar before the sporting justice, we also have the file pending before the ordinary justice. The appeal of the instructor has been rejected [the case closed by La Liga in 25 hours] we await resolution of the CAS. Indeed, whatever actions are taken in court in relation to the calendar and the draw, Numancia will join us. They will be with us in a request for precautionary measures in order to paralyze the start of the competition so we won’t suffer further damage.”

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE TEAM?
Vidal: "In the coming days there will be important movements in the configuration of the squad. We will make an ambitious project to return to professional football next year. We are working very hard so that the sporting project of the first team guarantees us in a competition with 102 teams. Segunda B should start between October 7 and 14. We don’t know how it will be configured, but with a subgroup where there will be two Galician teams, with Castille & León and possibly Guijuelo and Zamora. There may be changes between now and Monday, but is the information we handle. We have a small amount of money that's part of the insurance for the relegation, and we will adapt to have the largest possible budget. We will have some surprises for the fans, not everything will be bad news.”

THE SOCIOS CAMPAIGN
Vidal: “We are working on the socios campaign, it will come out in the next few days. We want it to reach everyone who identifies with the project, we will get it out from below. The more united, we will go slightly upwards. The union that this process has given us, to have confidence, to bet on Depor.”.

TEBAS
Vidal: "The attitude of Tebas doesn’t deserve any epithet, it can be said that it has been regrettable, partisan, and its relationship with Fuenlabrada is shameful. We don’t understand that, with all the evidence that we are submitting, that in the end it could end in nothing. We are going to fight for the disqualification of Tebas. We cannot tolerate that characters of this type can be protected by Spanish football. This is the beginning of the end for Tebas. I am convinced of that."

THE CSD
Vidal: "It seems unfair on the part of the CSD, a body that depends on the government. It has failed to make this appointment. It has been inhibited in football, a problem for two cities like Soria and A Coruña, with socialist mayoralties, in addition. On this matter, what I would say is that we will continue in the fight, without fear of anything.”

WHAT HAPPENED ON THURSDAY?
Vidal: “The LFP went with the proposition of 22 clubs, the RFEF with 24 and the one who took part to unbalance everything was the CSD, Joaquín de Arístegui, who wanted a league of 22. That’s the reality. The federation has acted correctly. The league denied us everything with a totally unfair conduct, in which the offending club comes out unscathed. Depor, who hasn’t violated any rule, and Numancia are the big losers."

FUENLABRADA WAS SIGNING PLAYERS BEFORE THE RESOLUTION WAS PUBLIC
Vidal: "People play with the marked cards. We can't. We can't sign a player, we didn't know where we were going to play. Just like Numancia. Fuenlabrada, which is the offender of all this, has been benefited. Furthermore, cockiness is allowed. to sign days before. It was clear that they knew what was going to happen."

THE ATTITUDE OF OTHER CLUBS
Vidal: "People don’t want to get wet. The owners are the clubs, a man distributes the money and the rules according to whether you are good or bad, he applies them, through financial control and salary caps. It is a mafia attitude in all the senses. If you are quiet, and you don’t raise your hand, it allows you more quantities. If you go through the book, you find that the postulate applies to the letter. Those who are now comfortable there, won’t be so comfortable in the future."

WILL LA LIGA DENY THE MONEY OF THE DEMOTION INSURANCE?
Vidal: "I expect everything, but I also expect everything from us. We are small but we are bad enemies. I am not about taking prisoners. It will be a fight until the end, we won’t stop the fight, we will do it until the end.”

DID YOU TALK TO TEBAS?
Vidal: "On July 21, I called to solve the issue, it was the first man I sought for. I have known him for years, when we entered in 2014, we toured in Colombia, he accompanied us. I spoke with him and he totally closed in one band. I told him he was creating a big mess, that there should be a political solution that wouldn’t have winners or losers. And that in the face of an erroneous decision that harms several teams... but it was closed in band on Tuesday. On Thursday we had a very tough delegated commission [meeting in la liga with all the clubs], he attacked us, as he was the president of another club, and I had no choice but to defend Depor. From that moment, there was nothing more to talk about.”

THE MATCH VS FUENLABRADA
Vidal: "Everyone would have done our thing, or worse. Numancia and Deportivo have gone hand in hand. We have done the right thing by playing the game. We have been fair, we have gone to compete, we gave a show of commitment from the entire squad. We gave football a lesson. The game of shame, but we gave football a lesson. Elche, 10 points more than Deportivo, is at Primera Division. We are at Segunda B. "

THE FINANCIAL SITUATION AT SEGUNDA B
Vidal: "We are making small adjustments, of all kinds, but not so much an ERE. We have people about to retire... but Depor is a very large club, with a large nucleus of people who follow it. I am convinced that Deportivo would have a great entry. It’s shameful that a club with this social backing has been allowed to fall.”
 

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