Fidalgo: We need to start moving forward
Real Oviedo president, Toni Fidalgo appeared just after midnight and spoke to over five hundred fans waiting outside the Estadio Carlos Tartiere to celebrate the club`s salvation from economic dissolution.
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The window to buy shares closed at midnight local time, and with global contributions, donations from former youth products such as Swansea City`s Michu, Arsenal`s Santi Cazorla, Chelsea`s Juan Mata and Atletico Madrid`s Adrian Lopez, capped off by a sizeable donation from the world`s richest man, Mexican communications magnate, Carlos Slim, Fidalgo was pleased to announce the club had been saved and will be able to address a sizeable amount of their outstanding debts.
“The help we received from Mexico was decisive, but in reality, the key has been you guys, the fans, that were waiting in queue`s in the club`s offices. The situation was dire in July when the City Council stepped in to deal with the issue, something that wouldn`t have been possible without our supporters. I hope there is faith in the future management, although there is an urgency to take Real Oviedo from this situation immediately, we must be patient. We must begin moving forward, leaving this dire situation and hopefully in three or four years we can be in the Primera.”
Fidalgo, following his speech, received a standing ovation from the over five hundred faithful, who sang out with chants of “stay Fidalgo, Fidalgo stay”, throwing their support and the hopes of their club behind the man who managed to turn a grassroots effort to save his club, into a global phenomenon which saw football fans from every corner of the club purchase shares to this historic, yet humble Asturian club.