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Racing Boycotts Spanish Cup Quarterfinal, Receives One-Year Ban

Racing Santander has been banned from next season’s Copa del Rey and fined 3,000 euros ($4,050) after its players refused to play the second game of its two-game series against Real Sociedad on Thursday night. Before the match, the club’s players had warned that they would not play unless the club’s board, which hadn’t paid the players in several months, resigned.

Racing’s players took to the field for Thursday night’s quarterfinal second-leg but soon informed the referee they were not going to play. The game was abandoned and La Real, which won the first game, 3-1, progressed to the semifinal to play Barcelona. No players were punished individually, and Racing coach Paco Fernandez said he hoped the club wouldn’t receive any punishment for its actions.

On Friday, a shareholders’ meeting called by court order unanimously approved to dismiss the current board and appoint a new one.

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