Spanish team refuses to play over lack of pay

A Spanish cup football match was suspended tonight after one of the teams entered the pitch but refused to play.

Racing Santanders players released a joint statement on Monday announcing they would boycott their match against Real Sociedad unless president Angel Lavin and his board stepped down.

The Racing players have not been paid for months.

Once Sociedad kicked off, the Racing players moved in and stood arm in arm around the centre circle, with substitutes and coaching staff lining up in solidarity on the touchline.

Sociedad passed the ball between themselves in their own half for under a minute before kicking it out for a throw-in, at which point the referee signalled that the match was suspended.