SPANISH PASSPORT SCANDAL RUMBLES ON
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Canary Islands government stated that Alvaro (pictured) and Baiano of Las Palmas would be expelled from Spain, only for the Spanish Football Federation and their club to claim the duo were free to play.
It is just this sort of confusion that has seen a bad situation turn into farce, as the government, in response to an 'irregular situation' withdrew the players' passports.
In addition an investigation by the Interior Ministry has been opened against Alvaro and Baiano 'to resolve the incidence of the passports' in effect to discover how they came by fake Portuguese passports.
This investigation came about after a request from Las Palmas to change the status of the players - when they arrived in Spain it was as Portuguese citizens, but a couple of months ago the club requested a visa for citizens outside the European Union.
According to a government spokesman they will not be allowed to play until the administrative papers have been signed and they are staying in Spain legally.
The players would not have work permits or the right to stay in Spain and could be expelled.
Anotonio Lopez, a government official said the players could be kicked out of Spain within three months, saying: "The players can be expelled from the country or can leave by their own decision."
However, Las Palmas' lawyer, Cuyas, maintains there is no reason why they cannot play against Espanyol, and the players have indeed travelled to Barcelona.
Other players caught up in the scandal include Real Oviedo's Idrissa Keita who is marrying in the summer and will obtain Spanish nationality, Delio Toledo of Espanyol who looks like he will have to return to Udinese and Gustavo Bartlet who has had to return to Roma.