Legal proceedings against the Al-Thani family, the majority owners of Malaga CF, took a big step forward last week as the family's representatives agreed to answer an investigating judge's questions remotely from their home country of Qatar.
Ousted president Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani and his three sons Nasser, Rakan and Nayef, who were on the board of directors, were originally called to appear several months ago but failed to do so on multiple occasions, citing a variety of reasons, including travel restrictions as a result of the Covid pandemic.
However, the Al-Thanis' legal team have now agreed they can appear via video conference from the Spanish embassy in Doha.
Judge María de los Ángeles Ruiz must now fix a date for this to occur. She has been keen to hear first hand the Al-Thanis' justification for a number of operations carried out during their management of Malaga CF, primarily the apparent purchase of extra shares in the club using club funds, personal loans and expenses.
The club will continue to be run by judicial administrator José María Muñoz while court proceedings continue.