Malaga promises to pay players' back wages


MALAGA, Spain (AP) -Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday that the club's Qatari owners have met with his players and promised to pay their outstanding wages from last season after having failed to meet the prior deadline of Oct. 31.

Pellegrini said that club vice president Moayat Shatat had agreed to pay an estimated ?9 million ($11.5 million) of back pay during the month of November.

"I believe the deadline will be kept, (but) I can't be totally sure," said Pellegrini. "There is no fixed date, (but it's) during the month of November."

"Yesterday there was a positive meeting between the squad and Shatat," said Pellegrini. "My players showed maturity and comprehension and they reached an agreement. For me the issue is resolved and for my players as well."

After spending ?120 million (then $158 million) on the team in 2011, Malaga's owners sold several players this summer in a drastic change of strategy for owner Sheik Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani, who bought the club in the summer of 2010.

Malaga is enjoying a strong start to the season despite the tumultuous summer and the exit of playmaker Santi Cazorla and striker Jose Rondon, among others. The Costa del Sol side is in third place in the Spanish league and leads its Champions League group.

UEFA recently said Malaga is one of 23 clubs that face losing their prize money from European competition if they don't pay overdue wages, transfer fees and taxes to get in line with its Financial Fair Play rules.

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