January 04, 2011
Like too many other clubs, financial troubles plague Spanish third-division side Pontevedra. The club's players haven't been paid in five months, so during a match against Lugo, they decided to draw attention to their plight by kneeling down and refusing to play for the first minute of the match. Clearly feeling a bit awkward about the situation, Lugo just passed the ball around among themselves until their opponents decided to get up and play. And then they beat Pontevedra 3-2.
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Prior to the match, Pontevedra wore shirts that read "Solutions now!" in reference to their lack of pay. Of course, none of this will actually help their club pay them any sooner, but it certainly made for an unusual scene and didn't cause the club any more problems that a full-blown strike would produce. Then again, that loss probably didn't help the cause much, either.
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