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The club will start this season in the Segunda B division after being relegated for failing to pay outstanding debts

Real Murcia have failed in their appeal to overturn their relegation to Segunda B.

The club finished last season in fourth place in the Segunda division, but were forcefully relegated over various financial problems.

Their inability to pay outstanding debts to Spanish tax authorities and failure to meet debt to income ratios implemented by the Professional Football League (LFP) saw them drop into the tier below.

A long legal battle has since ensued over the summer as Murcia sought to be reinstated into the division above, but a judge has ruled out overturning the original decision.

Allowing the club to play in Spain's second tier next season would have meant expanding the league to 23 teams for the season, a move that is prohibited by Spanish statutes.