Basketball – ESP – Spain: a court orders the integration of Gipuzkoa in Liga ACB

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The Basque club, 2nd in the Spanish Second Division, took the legal route after being refused the climb due to the health crisis. Will La Liga ACB have to be played with 19 teams next season? Or 20? A Barcelona court has just ordered the powerful Spanish League to join Gipuzkoa, the San Sebastian-based team, which finished second in the season for LEB Oro, the second division. After the cancellation of the end of the season due to the Covid-19, the Spanish Federation had validated the rise of the first two of the regular season at the time of the interruption, Valladolid and Gipuzkoa. But the ACB, which manages the elite, refused their promotion: to preserve the economy of the clubs in the face of the crisis, it has eliminated downhill runs this season, like many other Leagues, but does not want to expand the Championship at over eighteen clubs. Gipuzkoa then took legal action. “The LEB Oro teams have the right to aspire to promotion without artificial administrative or economic barriers, said the leaders of the Basque club in a press release. We hope that the judicial resolution will be respected without further delay, after a long and tortuous affiliation process which has already caused us serious economic and sporting damage. “ If the decision is applied and sets a precedent, Valladolid could also benefit. But the club has not yet wished to communicate on the subject.

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