Fans of Spain’s UD Las Palmas football club will not need to pay anything for the renewal of their season passes for the 2018-19 season in a move designed to appease supporters after relegation from La Liga was confirmed.
The team’s president, Miguel Ángel Ramírez, apologised to supporters for Las Palmas’ relegation into La Liga 2 and announced that season tickets will simply be replaced, free of charge.
The president said: “Season ticket holders will have their season tickets swapped to make up for everything that has happened this season. It is the least we could do”.
The La Liga side have had a bleak season, with a 4-0 loss to Alaves last weekend securing their relegation to Spanish football’s second tier.
“My appearance today is due to the fact the team has been relegated, and there is no need to wait now until the end of the season to analyse what has happened. The first thing I have to do is to apologise to the fans of UD Las Palmas. I would like to apologise to each and every fan one by one,” Ramírez said.
“It has been a highly disappointing season. We have made lots of wrong decisions. This is the first year I have experienced failure in all my years of running the club, although our relegation should not be considered a drama.
“Today we are a solvent club, a financially solid club, that has built its own Sports Complex with our own money. Nobody has given us a penny. We hope to officially open it towards the end of the year,” Ramírez added.
“I hope that in 2019 with 70 years of history, the club will be able to boast our Sports Complex to be able to develop our youth setup, which is the future of the club. I guarantee that our new project will involve many more youth team players.”