Copa del Rey clash abandoned due to players’ strike over unpaid wages

Racing Santander players refuse to move from centre-circle due to wages row

Racing Santander players refused to play their Copa del Rey second-leg clash against Real Sociedad after they went on strike over unpaid wages.

Players lined up around the centre-circle as the match was due to begin and refused the move.

Referee Gil Manzano was then left with no choice but to abandon the game after the Santander players said they were not going to participate.

The players then did a tour of the ground applauding fans. The Racing fans then cheered on the players and backed the players in the protest.

They continued to applaud long after the referee abandoned the match.

Earlier this week, club captain Mario Fernandez said the players would only play if the club's president resigned. Moreover, the team said that they had racked up months in unpaid wages, despite promises by the club's hierarchy.