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Hercules

Valencia, Elche and Hercules warned over illegal state aid

EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia has warned that any Spanish clubs found guilty of receiving illegal state aid will have to pay the millions of euros involved back quickly, with interest.

Almunia was responding to a question regarding the cases of Valencia, Elche and Hercules, who all received loan guarantees from the regional Valencian government, in moves the European Commission is investigating at present.

However, his comments could also apply to Real Madrid, who are under investigation...

LFP confident over EC investigation

La Liga authorities say they are confident an ongoing European Commission investigation into various types of potentially illegal state aid to Spanish clubs is not a concern.

The European Commission is the European Union's executive body.
The European Commission is the European Union's executive body.

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The EC is reported to be examining official links to Primera Division clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Osasuna, Valencia and Elche, as well as Segunda Division side Hercules, to determine whether any have received illegal government support...

Huesca fail in plea to demote Hercules

La Liga authorities have rejected SD Huesca’s plea to see Hercules immediately relegated due to allegations the latter club was involved in match-fixing in Spain’s second division last season.

On August 5, Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) president Javier Tebas, along with Spain’s sports minister Miguel Cardenal, told a press conference that various inquiries were taking place into three Primera Division and six Segunda Division games from the 2012-13 season, due to suspicions...