Málaga Football Club suspended its head coach, Víctor Sánchez del Amo, on January 7 after an intimate video of him began to circulate on social media. During the same week, del Amo (known as Victor) complained that the president of Málaga CF, Abdullah ben Nasser Al Thani, and its general director, Richard Shaheen, had both “cheated him from the beginning with the planning of the workforce.”

On January 11, the Club announced Victor had been dismissed. In a statement, it added that the action had been taken for “disciplinary reasons” and “serious damage caused to the Club by recent non-sporting events.”

Victor says he received a “sextortion” demand from blackmailers for €20,000 to be paid in Bitcoins if he wanted the video suppressed, and he himself reported this to police on Oviedo on January 5. He described himself as a victim of “a crime against my privacy with harassment and extortion.”

At a press conference on January 15, Victor said that, when suspended, he asked the Club to pay him what he was owed and he would quit. However, after support from Málaga fans but haggling from the Club’s management, he claims he was fired, a move which he described as “totally unjust.”

National Police investigating Victor’s allegations of blackmail have arrested at least three people believed to have circulated the video of Victor wearing a Málaga CF shirt but with his genitals exposed. Their investigation is continuing and further arrests have not been ruled out.

Victor began work as head coach at Málaga in April 2019, after a playing career which started at Real Madrid in the mid-90s. He has been succeeded by a former Málaga CF player, Sergio Pellicer who has been coaching Malaga’s reserve side, Atlético Malagueño since last summer.