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Elche fail in Spanish High Court appeal as Eibar remain in La Liga

Elche have been relegated from La Liga over tax problems, with Eibar being re-instated to Spain's top flight.

A Spanish High Court has turned down Elche's petition to be reinstated to the Primera Division for the 2015-16 campaign, leaving Eibar in the top flight.

Elche were relegated to the second tier at the end of the season by the Spanish Football League (LFP) as punishment for unpaid debts to the tax authorities

Elche, who had finished 13th in the table, decided to lodge the appeal with the Spanish court after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the LFP's ruling last month


Elche relegated to Spanish Segunda Division after court rejects appeals

Elche have been relegated from La Liga over tax problems, with Eibar being re-instated to Spain's top flight.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected Spanish club Elche's appeals and ruled that they must be relegated from the Primera to the Segunda Division after non-payment of taxes and wages to players.

Elche, who finished the season in 13th place, will be replaced by Eibar, who get a reprieve having finished third bottom.

The CAS upheld the previous decision by the league to relegate Elche because of their debts with Spain's tax office and their own staff.

La Liga had in June ruled that Elche...

 By PA Sport

Fran Escriba named new Getafe coach

Fran Escriba had recently resigned as Elche boss.

Getafe have appointed Fran Escriba as their new coach on a three-year deal, the Primera Division club announced on Friday.

The 50-year-old Spaniard, who resigned from Elche this week after three years in charge, becomes Getafe's fourth manager since last summer, following on from Cosmin Contra, Quique Sanchez Flores and caretaker Pablo Franco.

A statement from Getafe read: "Getafe and Fran Escriba have today reached an agreement for the next three seasons. The coach will be unveiled to the media...

Elche forcibly relegated from La Liga amid financial turmoil

Elche finished 13th, but will be relegated for off-the-field reasons.

La Liga (LFP) officials have announced that Elche will be forcibly relegated for financial reasons.

However, they have not confirmed whether third-from-bottom Eibar will be the team to benefit by staying in the top flight next season.

The Liga season finished with Cordoba, Almeria and Eibar in the relegation positions with Elche in 13th, six points ahead of Eibar.

But the Valencian side had been...