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Police enter headquarters of Spanish club Malaga

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MALAGA, Spain — Police entered the headquarters of Spanish club Malaga on Wednesday to seize documents related to a court case involving the second-division team.

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Authorities did not release further details because the search-and-seizure action was part of an investigation being conducted under secrecy.

Police would not confirm Spanish media reports that the action was about a case in which Qatari owner Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani is being sued by minority owners over alleged administrative irregularities.

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Al-Thani took over the club in 2010.

Malaga last month fired coach Victor Sanchez del Amo after an intimate video was released online.

The team from southern Spain is 16th in the 22-team second-division standings.

Spanish coach suspended after release of intimate video

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MADRID — Second-division Spanish club Malaga has suspended its coach because of an intimate video released online.

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The club said Tuesday coach Victor Sanchez del Amo was suspended “from his duties until a full investigation is carried out.”

It said it made the decision after “events that have recently been discovered and which have not yet been verified.”

Del Amo said on Twitter he was the victim of “harassment” and “extortion” because of the video. He said police were involved.

The 43-year-old Del Amo played as a midfielder for Real Madrid in the late 1990s.

Malaga is 16th in the 22-team second-division standings.

Sounders land Cecchini, Silva before transfer deadline

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SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Sounders have acquired midfielder Emanuel Cecchini on loan from Spanish side Malaga and signed forward/midfielder Luis Silva ahead of the summer transfer window.

Cecchini’s loan from Malaga will cover the rest of this season and all of the 2020 season.

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Cecchini, 22, has been under Malaga’s control since 2017 but he spent most of his time on loan. Cecchini first went on loan with Club Leon in Liga MX then went back to his hometown club of Banfield in Argentina.

Silva, 30, returns to MLS after spending this season with FC Honka in the first division in Finland. Silva had three goals in 13 appearances.

Silva has spent eight seasons in MLS with Real Salt Lake, D.C. United and Toronto. Silva has 32 goals and 16 assists in 158 career MLS regular season games.

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Multiple reports: Watford set to hire Gracia as manager

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Watford looks set to appoint Javi Gracia to its managerial position, hours after firing Marco Silva and blaming Everton for the manager.

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Gracia led Malaga to eighth and ninth place finishes in La Liga between 2014-16 before spending last season at Rubin Kazan.

Gracia, 47, has led promotion campaigns in Spain and has plenty of experience with perceived smaller clubs battling the drop zone.

Watford will hope the Hornets don’t reach that point, still five points clear of the drop after flirting with the Top Seven for the first quarter of the Premier League season.

Spanish club Malaga fires Gonzalez after 4th straight loss

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MADRID (AP) Malaga fired coach Michel Gonzalez after the team’s fourth straight loss in the Spanish league.

The club made the announcement on Saturday, a day after a 1-0 loss at Getafe that kept Malaga 19th in the 20-team standings.

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Malaga has lost every game since early December.

It has 11 points from 19 league matches.

Gonzalez had been in charge since last season, when he helped the club from southern Spain move away from the bottom of the standings and finish near mid-table.

“Since the beginning of the season the team wasn’t able to put together a series of good results to be able to leave the relegation zone so a shakeup was needed to help the team react,” Malaga said.

A replacement coach has not been announced.

Malaga’s next match is on Jan. 22 at Eibar.

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