The Gallos Blancos are in deep financial trouble, with owner Amado Yanez unable to play wages in the midst of a fraud investigation.
“Today we know that Queretaro and (second division side) Delfines have been legally seized by the Attorney General’s Office,” said De Maria in a press conference. “Something similar has happened before with Santos and Leon. On those occasions there was no disaffiliation.”
It was the first statement from the Liga MX about the situation in Queretaro. Yanez is involved in a fraud investigation that has seen his company accounts frozen by the Mexican government, and players left without wages.
The next step is unclear with Queretaro apparently scheduled to play its games – including against Atlas in the Copa MX on Tuesday – as usual. Mexican authorities are likely to find an administrator to run the club temporarily, with the federation open to doing so if asked.
“We don’t have the responsibility or authority to sell the team,” said De Maria. “It is the responsibility of the SAE (Asset Management and Disposition Agency) to find an administrator and if it is the FMF (Mexican soccer federation), we’d have to sit down and negotiate.”
De Maria said the problems with Yanez and his Oceanografia company came as a surprise to Liga MX authorities.
Queretaro’s state governor Jose Calzada Rovirosa said Monday that the Estadio Corregidora and training facilities – both owned by the state government – would continue to be made available for the team and that he wants the club to remain in Queretaro.