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Malaga sack head coach Víctor and place Sergio Pellicer in temporary charge

A file photo of Víctor Sánchez del Amo during a training session.
A file photo of Víctor Sánchez del Amo during a training session. / SUR
  • The club said in a statement that the coach had been sacked in light of the "serious damage caused to the institution" by the sexually explicit video which went viral on social media earlier in the week

Víctor Sánchez del Amo has been sacked as Malaga head coach, four days after the club suspended him after a sexually explicit video in which he featured went viral on social media.

Víctor was suspended by the club on Tuesday night, hours after he released a statement saying that he had been blackmailed. According to his version of the events, the blackmailers wanted 20,000 euros in Bitcoin.

Now, however, following discussions between the club's management and Víctor, a mutual agreement was unable to be reached and the club, according to its statement on Saturday, have relieved the coach of his duties because of "disciplinary reasons" and "serious damage caused to the institution by recent non-sporting events".

"Harassment and extortion"

In his statement on Twitter on Tuesday, Víctor, 43, said he had reported the incident, "a crime against my privacy with harassment and extortion", to the police.

Víctor first reported the crime in Oviedo, where he led his team to a 1-1 draw last Sunday. On his return to Malaga, he went to the provincial police headquarters to give a more detailed statement.

It is not yet clear how the alleged blackmailers got hold of the video, whether by hacking Víctor's computer or by filming the footage as it was being broadcast - in both cases without his knowledge.

In the video, retweeted thousands of times before it was removed by Twitter, Víctor is seen wearing a Malaga CF training shirt and underwear. After placing the camera in front of him, he then lowered his underwear so that his genitals were visible.

Suspended from duties

Just two hours after Víctor issued his statement, his employers announced that the coach would be suspended from carrying out his duties while the club carried out a thorough investigation into the events.

On Friday, new director general Richard Shaheen announced that "all outcomes were still possible" and that the club were in discussions over "an amicable and satisfactory resolution for all parties".

These discussions, however, proved fruitless and the club chose to act quickly to remove Víctor from his post to "minimise the impact on the team and the club staff".

Pellicer comes in

Assistant coach David Dóniga, who led training during Víctor's suspension, will also leave the club, as will fitness coach Nacho Oria and analyst Carlos Morales.

The club announced on Saturday that Sergio Pellicer, who has been in charge of Malaga's reserve side, Atlético Malagueño, would take control of the first team on a temporary basis and will be on the touchline for Malaga's next game on Tuesday at home to Ponferradina (as well as, in all likelihood, Friday's game away in Fuenlabrada).

Pellicer, 46, who played for Malaga during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons, made history as a youth coach, reaching the Copa de Campeones de España in the 2015-16 season and taking part in the UEFA Youth League the following year.

During the 2016-17 season, he was assistant first team coach to Marcelo Romero and continued in the role the following season. After coaching Deportivo Fabril for a single campaign (2018-19), he returned to Malaga last summer to lead the reserve team this season.