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Rayo Vallecano fined €18k, Albacete clash played behind closed doors for 'Nazi' chants

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Rayo Vallecano have been punished with a two-game partial stadium ban and fined €18,000 because of the "Nazi" chants aimed at Albacete forward Roman Zozulya on Dec. 15.

The Spanish second division encounter at the Vallecas stadium was stopped at half time, with referee Jose Antonio Lopez Toca having already halted the game twice.

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Each time the match was delayed, the referee instructed for an announcement to be made...

Spanish match abandoned over fans' 'Nazi' taunts toward player

A Spanish second division soccer match between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete was abandoned at halftime on Sunday after Albacete forward Roman Zozulya was subjected to offensive chanting from the home supporters, who accused him of being a Nazi.

A statement from the league's organising body said it agreed with referee Jose Antonio Lopez Toca's decision to abandon the match, which it said was taken at the request of both teams, due to "grave insults and threats" made towards Zozulya.

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Albacete's Pelayo faces 'very slow' recovery after third-floor fall

MADRID -- An Albacete club official says midfielder Pelayo Novo faces a "very slow" recovery after falling from the third floor of the team's hotel.

Albacete vice president Victor Varela says Novo is in stable condition a day after undergoing surgery for multiple fractures sustained in Saturday's fall.

The 27-year-old Spaniard from the second-division Spanish club remains sedated in an intensive care unit.

"The recovery process will be gradual, very slow," Varela told Europa Press on Sunday. "The...

Albacete's Pelayo injured after third-floor fall at team's hotel

Pelayo Novo, a midfielder for second division Spanish club Albacete, has been seriously injured after falling from the third floor of his team's hotel.

The club said the Spaniard is in stable condition following the "stunning" accident in the northeastern city of Huesca on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Novo was hospitalised in the nearby city of Zaragoza. Other details were not immediately available.

Spanish media reported that Novo fell into an open space in an interior area of the hotel where the team...


Leganes earn first promotion to top flight as Alaves win Segunda Division

Leganes were promoted to the top flight of Spanish football for the first time in their history after winning on the final day of the Segunda Division season on Saturday.

Pablo Insua scored with a header following a corner in the 48th minute to give Leganes a 1-0 win at Mirandes to clinch promotion to the Primera Division.

Leganes were only promoted to the second tier in 2014 and will now find themselves playing alongside the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid next season.

They nearly were...