Dear Sir,
LAST week I saw the new La Liga fixture list for season 2008/09 drawn up here in Spain. Real Mallorca's last four games read as follows : Sevilla (A), Barcelona (H), Real Madrid (A) and finally Villareal (H). In other words, the Palma side are playing four of last seasons top five in the run up to the end of the season.

During campaign 07/08, I corresponded with you with regard to the powers that be in the Spanish FA headquarters in Madrid not wanting island teams in La Liga. They put the “kiss of death” on Las Palmas and Tenerife who've been in limbo in the second division for a number of years.

Now it looks very suspiciously like they're trying to do the same with Real Mallorca. Señor Villar (who's the untouchable head of the Spanish FA) and his cronies in Madrid seem to suggest they want La Liga island free, and only for the money-spinning clubs on the peninsula. Whoever or whatever makes up the fixture list seems to have it in big-time for Real Mallorca. Is it a conspiracy or what ? Of course there is absolutely no way these allegations can be proved so, realistically, Mallorca will hopefully have enough points in the bag to stay up and avoid the consequences of any alleged fixture rigging. It's never been easy supporting Real Mallorca but let's hope we're marching to the same drum beat as the rest of La Liga's peninsular sides come the end of May 2009. Visca Mallorca!

Monro Bryce

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