Lor never seen. A football club can disappear without a euro of debt. That is none other than Unionistas de Salamanca, a First RFEF team, which has been met with the refusal of the Salamanca City Council to its proposal to pay for the entire installation of natural grass in the Reina Sofía Municipal stadium and be able to play the season like this that comes in the third category of football, complying with the demanding regulations of Luis Rubiales.
In a meeting held between the council and the club, the “no” of the city government team has surprised Unionists and the club is one step away from disappearing. It would be the second time in 10 years that a club in the city of Salamanca has disappeared due to the inaction of the City Council to prevent it.
Unionistas proposed to change the artificial turf of the Reina Sofía for a natural one, paid for entirely by the club despite being a municipal field. The current synthetic turf would be moved to an 11-a-side soccer field that would be annexed to the Reina, on land owned by the Salamanca Provincial Council. The City Council says no to that proposal.
The proposal would also mean that the Unionistas and RS Monterrey 7-a-side football teams that currently play at the Reina would do so in the Aldehuela, as many others in the city do, while the works are in progress. That way everyone would have a place to compete. Also “no” from the City Council.
The consistory states that it is going to make a project with deadlines to execute the works. Those deadlines would mean that the play will not be ready for the start of next season and the City Council says that Unionistas will play again at Las Pistas del Helmántico. This municipal infrastructure meets the requirement of natural grass but not of light, a press room, a place for a federal delegate and a long etcetera.
Faced with the light problem, the City Council told the club that the turrets of the Reina were moved to Las Pistas and that was solved. These turrets have been installed and oriented through a specific and exclusive study for the current Unionist camp, so they would not be valid.
Unionistas also say that going to Las Pistas means being an unviable club in the First RFEF. The loss of sponsorships is calculated at 50% and that of members is incalculable “because the fan wants to see football in a stadium and not there,” say club sources consulted by MARCA.
Resignation of the Board of Directors in the Extraordinary Assembly
Faced with this situation, in the Extraordinary Meeting to be held in the coming days, the entire Board of Directors will present their resignation. Not being able to play in the First RFEF, the normal thing is that there is no candidacy and it will be a Management Board that must consider whether the club is dissolved.
Without a euro of debt, with successes in sports, with a record of partners in this new category… Unionists could disappear. In fact, it is very close to doing so.