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Elche relegated from La Liga over unpaid taxes, Eibar promoted

Elche platers celebrate their second goal during the Spanish league football match Elche FC v Villarreal
Image: Elche players celebrates goal against Villarreal - but they will be playing in the second tier next year

Elche have been relegated from La Liga over unpaid debts to the tax authorities and Eibar will take their place in Spain's top flight next season.

Elche, who finished the season in 13th place in the standings, were punished for "very serious infractions" of Spain's sports law and league rules and also fined £130,000.

Based near Alicante in south east Spain, Elche have already said they would appeal if they were relegated over their tax debts, which they insist are due to be settled in full by the end of July.

Basque club Eibar were playing in La Liga for the first time in 2014-15 and went down on the final day of the season after finishing 18th.

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