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Spanish clubs face sanctions if they do not fight hooliganism

Javier Tebas, the president of Spain’s football league, has warned Spanish football clubs they could face fines and points deductions if they do not cooperate in the fight to eradicate hooliganism.

The Spanish Football League (LFP) is working closely with the country’s football federation (RFEF) and the Sports Council (CSD) to implement measures designed to avoid a repeat of the violent clashes that led to the death of a Deportivo La Coruna fan on Sunday.

Francisco Romero Taboada died in hospital hours after being pulled out of a river in Madrid following a fight that broke out between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo fans near the Vicente Calderon stadium.

“Those clubs that collaborate directly or indirectly with ‘Ultra’ groups, will face a financial sanction and this could even be a sporting sanction – a points deduction or even relegation,” Tebas told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

“We will make an official list of the ‘Ultra’ groups. We are preparing a list of measures to combat violence in football.

“We want to consolidate a strategy in order to eradicate the ‘Ultras’ from our stadiums.”

Tebas also announced that former Deportivo president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro had been dismissed as a Spanish Football League ambassador for attending Taboada’s funeral in La Coruna.

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A tribute to a football fan who died following clashes near Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon stadium.

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