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11th Sep 2022

Rayo Vallecano president claims he was headbutted by player’s agent

Callum Boyle

Rayo Vallecano

Raul Martin Presa claims he was headbutted

Rayo Vallecano president, Raul Martin Presa, has claimed that he was headbutted by the agent of striker Raul de Tomas during transfer negotiations between the two.

Vallecano had started speaking to the forward’s agent, Ivan Garcia, ahead of a summer transfer estimated to be in the region of £10m.

But Presa has since revealed that he was attacked during their meeting and had to be taken to hospital.

“It was a completely unexpected headbutt,” he told Partidazo Cope. It was the action of criminal, a very cowardly action and a very s***** action. Because if he gives me warning, then we fight.”

The LaLiga side released a statement after their 2-1 win against Valencia and said that they have launched a formal complaint against Garcia.

It read: “It is radically false that Raul Martin Presa assaulted Ivan Garcia. Ivan Garcia assaulted Raul Martin Presa by headbutting him in the face, late at night on Thursday.

“Precisely for being assaulted, Raul Martin Presa called the police, went to Accident and Emergency at a medical centre in order to receive medical assistance, and, immediately, made a formal complaint against Ivan Garcia to the police department.

“The diffusion of the fake news yesterday that we here have denied is a weak defence strategy from Ivan Garcia in the face of the legal issue he is facing.”

It is believed that the lengthy saga is drawing to an end as De Tomas edges closer to making the move from Espanyol. The Spain international is looking to leave the club after falling out with manager Diego Martinez.

A deal of £10m has been agreed according to Marcawho will not be available for selection until January.

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