The National Police entered this Wednesday morning at the facilities of the La Rosaleda soccer field, headquarters of Málaga CF, by court order. The proceedings are declared secret and have been ordered by the Malaga Court of Instruction 14. Police sources have explained that the intervention is part of an investigation of an economic nature, related to the club’s accounts. The agents, accompanied by the judicial secretary, are “gathering information”, as confirmed by judicial sources, even dumping computers.
The police presence is related to the proceedings that the court has opened after the complaint filed by the Association of Small Shareholders (APA), made up of about 600 people. In fact, the titular judge, María de los Ángeles Ruiz, has summoned to declare next February 18 the maximum shareholder and owner of Málaga CF, Abdullah Al Thani, as well as his sons Nasser, Nayef and Rakan Al Thani, all members of the Board of Directors to know their point of view regarding the complaint.
Minority shareholders filed the lawsuit last fall against the board of directors – Al Thani and his three children – over alleged unfair administration and misappropriation, as they believe they use the club’s resources for their own benefit. Judicial sources explain that “if there are elements for it”, the crime of money laundering could also be added. After initially requiring more documentation, the court accepted the complaint just a few days ago. To this was added the Prosecutor’s Office and, although the Malaga City Council has also requested it, her petition has not yet been approved because it contained formal defects that must be rectified.
The APA has also asked the judge to intervene the club and appoint a judicial administrator during the procedure, but the head of the Court of Instruction 14 rejected it last Monday. “This does not mean that, in the future, this aspect can be reviewed again if necessary,” they explained then from the Andalusian Superior Court of Justice (TSJA).
“What we want is to know how Malaga is financially, its situation, to know if someone has taken money or not. But the club is very opaque, it does not give information and they do whatever they want, “says Antonio Aguilera, president of the small shareholders, who also complains that Al Thani does not want to sell when there are various” very economically interesting “proposals. to buy it.
Sheikh Al Thani arrived at Málaga CF in 2010 and the successes were soon noted until the team’s participation in the Champions League was reached. Then a decline began until in 2018 the club dropped to Segunda. The hobby has manifested itself on several occasions against him due to the changes in direction that the Qatari family shows in the management. They accuse him, among other things, of directing by tweet since the sheikh is usually in Qatar and his visits to Malaga are the exception. In the stands, the chants of “Al Thani go away” are constant in every match at La Rosaleda. The Malaga City Council and the Andalusian Government have also tried to mediate to demand that the president present a feasibility plan for the club.
After generating large capital gains on transfers in the first years, Málaga CF’s economic situation has worsened in recent years. This season they have only been able to spend 10 million euros on signings, when last year they had 25 and the club has breached different basic aspects of the internal rules of Spanish football. There are also crises in sports. The team is only three points from the direct descent to Second Division B and the atmosphere is convulsed after the dismissal of coach Víctor Sánchez del Amo, after an intimate video of the coach, who was the victim of extortion, was released. Months earlier, in October, the board of directors also fired José Luis Pérez Caminero, then sports director.
The president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, referred this Wednesday to the financial situation of the club: “We know that Málaga has a treasury to endure perfectly, fulfilling its payments until the end of February or the beginning of March,” he said, according to Efe. Thebes has clarified that by then “there has to be a sale or an inflow of money and, if it does not happen, it will have treasury problems,” he assured, noting that if the club is not solved, it may have serious problems with LaLiga.
Málaga has issued a note in which it wishes to clarify what happened at the La Rosaleda stadium. The version of the club indicates that “the Judicial Police has gone to the offices requesting information in relation to a procedure which is under summary secrecy. It is not an entry and search order.” Málaga affirms that it has collaborated with the agents, thanked them for their treatment and clarified that the visit has not altered the normal operation of the club.