Palma.—The management of Spanish First Division football club, Real Mallorca, confirmed yesterday that it has promised Palma City Council that it will take responsibility for demolishing the old Lluís Sitjar stadium if the club's plans for a new stadium and commercial centre run aground.

The old stadium opposite the municipal cemetery in Palma has long been in ruins and its owners are by law required to make sure that no one is injured through the deterioration of the property.

The Mayor of Palma, Mateu Isern met yesterday morning with the club's Secretary, Miquel Coca, to discuss the interest in the site that has been expressed by an international investment group. Isern, said a City Hall statement, had made it clear to Real Mallorca that any investors must have sufficient financial guarnatees of their own and that their projects for the old stadium must have the backing of residents of the neighbourhood of Es Fortí where it is located. The Mayor said that the development would also need the approval of the Council of Majorca and the Balearic government.

Isern said that the owners must make the building safe by sealing off any entrances, shore up sections which have crumbled and secure the balustrading. Isern pointed out that technically a demoliton order is still in force for the site.