Athletic Deny Elche’s Request To Field Andoni López In Copa Del Rey Clash

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Andoni López won’t be able to play against Athletic on Wednesday (AP)

Athletic have every intention of competing for a 25th Copa del Rey title this season and have played well in the tournament to this point. Following convincing wins over Intercity and Sestao River, the Lions must now conquer Elche on Wednesday in order to advance to the next round.

The two sides have maintained an excellent professional relationship since Athletic defeated Elche 1-0 in the 1969 Copa del Rey final. Over the years the Basques have sent several players on loan to Elche, including this season. Andoni López is currently spending the campaign at Estadio Martínez Valero and was hopeful that he would be allowed to take the field against his boyhood club later this week.

As is usually the case, the loan agreement contains a clause that prevents López from playing in games against Athletic. In an effort to get the clause lifted, Elche requested permission from Athletic to field the left-back on Wednesday but were denied. Andoni López will not be able to take the field in what could have been the perfect opportunity to audition for a place in the Athletic squad next season.

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