Atlas president issues financial warning

08 Jul 2013

Eugenio Ruiz Orozco, president of Mexican outfit Atlas, has warned that the club is on the verge of financial collapse.

The website reports the Liga MX club’s players refused to travel to Torreon for Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Santos Laguna owing to a dispute over missing wages. This resulted in the game being cancelled and is likely to lead to action from the Mexican Football Federation.

Atlas also had problems paying its players last season and Ruiz Orozco said: “We can’t keep going like we are. We have to break the mould, do things differently. Atlas is an asset for the city that is at risk of being lost.”

The Guadalajara-based team has over 120 partners who run the club and is one of the founder members of Mexico’s professional league. Ruiz Orozco added: “Atlas has to keep going. It’s about to reach 100 years (in 2016). Atlas must be saved.”