Spanish club, Racing Santander refused to play their Copa Del Rey quarter-final second-leg tie against Real Sociedad on Thursday night in protest at not being paid since September.
stood still on the pitch at their home ground, Campos de Sport de El
Sardinero, after kick-off while Sociedad passed the ball about.
Then, Referee Gil Manzano asked the Santander players if they were going to participate and they said no, so he ended the contest.
Fans of Racing cheered wildly and
backed their players in their protest, continuing to shout and applaud
long after the referee abandoned the match.
Spanish goalkeeper, Pepe Reina lended his support to the Santander players' plight.
The 31-year-old Liverpool goalie, who is currently on loan at Italia Serie A side, Napoli, took to Twitter to publicly back those affected.
'I can tell you that deciding not to play a
quarter-final Copa del Rey game after knocking out two Primera division
teams must be really painful.
'I am disgusted at such bad management by the owners.
want to express my absolute solidarity with such big professionals. My
support for you SOSRacing and Olé for their fans' support.'
Real Sociedad's coach, Jagoba
Mondragon, said that he is happy to have reached the compeition's
semi-finals but admitted that it was not 'a day to celebrate'.
He explained how Racing's coach Paco Fernandez had told him about what was going to happen before the game.
also said Santander's players were in an 'uncomfortable' situation and
had sympathy with them for 'everything they are going through'.
The supporters remained for over an hour after the game was abandoned, still shouting, cheering and singing.