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Abelardo a victim of extorsion as Eibar fixture approaches

Abelardo a victim of extorsion as Eibar fixture approaches

Alaves boss Abelardo has addressed reports claiming he was a victim of extortion, followed by an official club statement.

The former Barcelona defender’s name has been involved in a case that involves player Tono, who is being investigated over extortion claims and Alaves’ head coach was forced to give a statement on claims that he had been victim of losing 30,000 euros.

“I acknowledge that I have been the victim of an alleged extortion, with which I proceeded to file the corresponding complaint with the Civil Guard, having subsequently made a statement in the Court of Instruction of Teruel as an injured party,” he told reporters earlier this week.

Abelardo’s side have been in superb form this season, despite a slight blip at the turn of 2019 and they are battling out with Getafe at present for fourth place, sitting three points ahead of their nearest rivals Sevilla, who sit sixth.

A win for Alaves on Saturday will see them move one point ahead of Jose Bordalas’ side, however, they will play bottom side Huesca later in the evening.

In truth, the visitors have slightly better form than Alaves, having lost just one game in their last five, picking up two wins and three draws in the process and that form was highlighted with an excellent 1-0 win over Celta Vigo last week thanks to a late goal from Sergi Enrich.

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Alaves have not lost in their last four games and beat struggling Villarreal last weekend 2-1 to push themselves back in contention for the fourth spot.

A win for the home side would undoubtedly signal their intentions, whilst Eibar could also make a case for a European place if they pick up three points on the road.