Public prosecution calls for a judicial administrator at Malaga CF

Richard Shaheen, right, arrives at the court on Tuesday.
Richard Shaheen, right, arrives at the court on Tuesday. / Salvador Salas
  • The initial hearing in the case brought forward by the club's minority shareholders to remove Sheikh Al-Thani and his family from the management of the club took place on Tuesday morning

The situation has become a little more complicated for Malaga CF president and majority shareholder Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani.

At the initial hearing on Tuesday morning in the case brought by the minority shareholders' association (APA) to remove Al-Thani and his family from the management of Malaga CF, the public prosecution requested the club be put in the hands of judicial administration for six months. They have also demanded a 5.4-million-euro deposit from Al-Thani family, according to the lawyer representing the APA, Francisco Valverde.

The APA accuses the Qatari sheikh of improper management of the club and misappropriation of funds.

"We are pleased that the Public Prosecutor's Office has supported our thesis and has requested the appointment of administrators for a period of six months," said Valverde. This, however, still requires the judge's approval.

The hearing went as planned with parties putting forward reasons in favour and against an administration order. The sheikh, plus his three sons Nasser, Rakan and Nayef (also on the board of directors), though called to make declarations, as expected didn't show up. The club's general director and advisor to the sheikh, Richard Shaheen, accompanied by lawyer Jesús Santos and another lawyer from the Baker McKenzie office, Juan Pedro Cortés, did attend, however.

"The request is disproportionate, unnecessary and premature, considering the preliminary state of the investigation," they wrote in an official statement following the hearing.

Despite this, president of the APA, Antonio Aguilera, is confident that the judge will accept the public prosecutor's petition: "I believe that the judge will accept the appointment of a judicial administrator [...] We are super happy for Malaga."