El Rayo responds to the template

The franjirrojo club issued a statement on Wednesday responding to that of its players for the events that occurred in recent weeks.


Rayo Vallecano replied to his players this Wednesday with a statement that he had announced for last Sunday. The franjirrojo club has issued it 72 hours later than planned, once its commitments in the League and the Cup have concluded, to give its version about the postponement of the match against Elche: “We began to remove the snow from the stadium on Tuesday and after detection of ice sheets, all the resources were used to liberate the Sports City. They weren't enough to play there. ”

He also addressed the circumstances in which the failed trip to Miranda took place and the accusations of the players for breaching the anti-covid protocol: “After speaking with the head of LaLiga's COVID protocol, it was decided to travel. It is done in two coaches. When starting it, nobody was aware of the amount of snow that was going to fall. The president gave the order to return and asked for the postponement. The club told the squad that those who could not return home in their car should do so by subway, keeping their distance, or stay with a partner who resided nearby. We apologize for not offering a better solution. ”

In addition, the Rayista entity pointed out the issue of defaults: "The delay in the payment of a monthly payment never exceeded one week and was a consequence of COVID cases in the administration department." And he added that "it will reinforce the lines of communication to solve problems" .

Here, the full text:

Once the important match played by our first team yesterday in Miranda de Ebro is over, Rayo Vallecano wants to communicate the following:

1- After the exceptional meteorological circumstances that occurred in Madrid as of January 8, Rayo Vallecano found on Sunday January 10 with a 50 cm layer of snow on the grass of its stadium and the fields of its sports city . From that very moment, Rayo Vallecano sought advice from both the Eurogreen turf maintenance company and the parent company that runs the technical direction, Royalverd, as well as the LaLiga turf department. None of the sources consulted found a viable solution to clean the natural grass pitches within 24 hours.

In view of this situation and given the impossibility of introducing heavy machinery without damaging the grass, Rayo Vallecano looked for technical solutions that consisted of removing the snow with light machinery used on the ski slopes. After taking new steps, Rayo Vallecano got the only two industrial snowplows available in Spain in the province of Valencia and with them began to remove the snow from the stadium that same Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, January 13, 90% of the snow was removed. On Thursday, January 14, in the morning after removing the snow, ice sheets were detected that made it impossible to remove them without damaging the field of play.

After the detection of this ice sheet that made it impossible to have the field on Saturday, all the resources were used to free the natural field of the sports city of snow that same Thursday afternoon, since in the field of the sports city the The maintenance company did not put up a protective tarp, which facilitated the snow removal work. At the same time, efforts are being made to obtain alternative fields. These steps were not carried out before due to the conviction that the Cup match was going to be played at our Vallecas Stadium.

Since Friday, January 15, Rayo Vallecano was in direct contact with the RFEF, communicating the situation of the work at all times and explaining the effort that Rayo Vallecano was making in order to free the natural grass field of the sports city against the clock. that at that time there were no alternative fields in the Community of Madrid for the dispute of the meeting. All this in order to be able to play a Cup match that, had it not been played, would have been a major disruption to the competition due to the tight schedule.

Although on Saturday, January 16, the snow was removed from the field of play, an ice sheet located in one of the areas, in the discretion of the referee, made the dispute of the match impossible. All this great effort, deployment of resources and mechanical means to remove the snow without damaging the field, although they were not enough for the dispute in our facilities for the Cup match against Elche, they were so that from that same Saturday the Players not called up for that match and the rest of the squad could train normally for the League match played yesterday afternoon against Mirandés.

The Rayo Vallecano wants to thank all its staff for the great effort made last week in the snow removal work, as well as the interest and dedication that the RFEF staff showed at all times to ensure that this match could be played in very adverse conditions.

2- Regarding the comments made regarding the failed trip to Miranda on January 8, Rayo Vallecano wants to affirm that it complied, as it has been doing since the pandemic, with all the protocol measures of COVID 19. After the detection of Three positives in the PCR control that was carried out on January 7 in the morning to the entire staff, Rayo Vallecano isolates those positives and quarantines all close contacts of said positives, thus respecting the COVID 19 protocol of LaLiga .

The next day a second test was performed on all the players, and they were kept isolated at home by order of the Club's medical services until the results were obtained, results that were known after 4:00 p.m. on Friday .

After talking to one of our doctors with the head of LaLiga COVID protocol, it is decided that the team is suitable to travel and the League itself informs us that according to the Unified Protocol for training and competition for the 20/21 season, all those members expedition with two negative PCRs and that have not been identified as close contacts of the positive people from the results of January 7 and 8, had to start the trip to Miranda de Ebro in accordance with the established travel plan.

The trip begins in two coaches according to the LaLiga COVID protocol regarding travel. However, when it was started, no one was fully aware of the large amount of snow that was going to fall moments later, which made it impossible for the two coaches and the President's car, which was also heading to Miranda de Ebro, to travel. After starting the trip and verifying the danger of it, the President of the Club ordered the two coaches to return to the sports center and asked the League to postpone the match due to force majeure.

After being able to return to the Ciudad Deportiva, Rayo Vallecano gave the indication that all members of the staff who could not travel to their home in their private vehicle should travel by metro keeping safe distances or stay at the homes of their colleagues whose home was closer to the Sports City.

From Rayo Vallecano we want to apologize to all members of the expedition for not having been able to offer a better solution upon arrival at the sports city but we ask that you understand the force majeure situation in which the Community of Madrid was at that time , with a total blockage of communications and thousands of cars without the possibility of being rescued immediately.

- Rayo Vallecano wants to clarify that the delay produced in the payment of some monthly payment in the payroll since this terrible pandemic emerged has never exceeded more than a week and has been due to the many COVID cases that we have suffered in the Club and therefore in the administration department of the same, situations that have been causing the isolation of each positive case and the quarantine of all their close contacts. These events have led to delays in the multiple administrative tasks, a situation that has been normalized due to the large number of Club workers who have acquired antibodies during this process. However, Rayo Vallecano, despite this greater cause, wants to apologize if this fact has caused someone any harm.

4- Rayo Vallecano, responding to the requests of its first staff, indicates that it will reinforce all internal communication lines in order to provide prompt solutions to any problem that may arise on a daily basis.

We do not want to end this statement without first thanking once again the effort that all the members of our entity are making to maintain our activity and compete safely in this very uncomfortable new normal in which we are living, and in turn we ask that we all continue maintaining the sacrifices involved in complying with all current protocols as it is the only way to defeat this terrible pandemic.

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