"This club would be nothing without its fans. It owes its existence to them." This was the official response from Malaga CF following a wave of responses from season ticket holders who said that they would refuse any partial refund in order to help the club out of its dire financial situation.
Despite, in principle (whether the season is cancelled or resumed behind closed doors), missing out on six home games between now and the end of the season, several supporters' groups announced that they would refuse the money.
First was the Frente Bokerón, followed by the board of directors of the Association of Minority Shareholders. The Malaka Hinchas, plus many more groups soon followed suit, before the movement gathered great momentum and became a sizeable majority of fans.
This is in spite of the fact that the club hadn't yet made a decision on how to address this problem. With a 15-million-euro hole in its finances, the club can ill-afford returning the money, instead favouring a future reduction.
The club confirmed that it had received "a large number of messages from fans" that they would not accept a refund during this "key period for its survival".
"Malaga fans have always been with the team during the tough times [...] Malaga CF wants to publicly thank its fans for each and every show of unconditional love received," read the statement.