Relegated Betis hoping for reinstatement

MADRID - Relegated Real Betis have written to Spain's professional football league (LFP) asking for information about media reports that promoted Xerez could be thrown out of the nation's top division. Betis lost their place in the Primera Liga on the final day of the season on goal difference but Spanish media have said they could earn a reprieve because of alleged irregularities linked to a capital increase Xerez undertook in 2002. Xerez deny any wrongdoing. "Real Betis wrote to the LFP yesterday afternoon informing them that they would not surrender any of the rights that might be due to them," the Seville-based club said on their website on Saturday. Xerez said on Friday they had fulfilled all the requirements to be able to compete in the Primera Liga. At a news conference on Saturday, coach Jose Angel Ziganda said he had spoken to club officials and they had reassured him about the situation. "We are looking forward to beginning our league campaign and we don't have any doubts," Ziganda said. Spanish media said the LFP and the sports ministry would study the case and comment at the start of next week.