Things just don’t stop happening at Racing. A new twist in the tale of the club’s dreadful present came into view on Tuesday, as former club legend (and manager) Reinaldo ‘Mostaza‘ Merlo made a legal petition to have Blanquiceleste S. A., the registered company who currently own the club, declared bankrupt. Blanquiceleste / Racing president Fernando De Tomaso didn’t respond well.
‘We’re not going to fill our mouths with our love for Racing,’ De Tomaso declared in reply to questions about whether he and his fellow Blanquiceleste directors were in fact just in it to make some cash out of the club and scarper when the chance presented itself. Merlo’s request to the courts to have the company declared bankrupt is the ex-manager’s response to the fact that Blanquiceleste – and here’s where regular readers show no surprise whatsoever – still haven’t paid him all the money he’s owed from his most recent spell as first team manager, between May 2006 and April 2007.
Despite Merlo’s version having been circulated to the press on Tuesday morning, De Tomaso claimed on Radio La Red’s show Un Buen Momento that the official petition for bankruptcy hadn’t arrived on his desk. ‘We sent him a letter to tell him he should come and collect [the money he’s owed],’ De Tomaso explained. Failing to quit while he was ahead, he then went on to fatally undermine any judgements about his honesty or sanity by declaring, ‘[the current team] are looking up more than down. They’re good enough to qualify for the Copas, Libertadores or Sudamericana.’ Now, come on Fernando, no-one believes that!