Eibar Celebrate Promotion with Confetti Barcelona Would Have Used for Liga Win

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMay 29, 2014

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 26:  Head coach Josep Guardiola of FC Barcelona chats with Thiago Alcantara of FC Barcelona during the FC Barcelona celebrations following the club's victory of the Copa del Rey (King's Cup) at Camp Nou on May 26, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Eibar are set to play in La Liga for the first time in their history next year after securing one of the two automatic promotion places at the weekend.

It's a huge moment, but the small club have to be frugal—so they hit upon a genius idea to celebrate.

According to Spanish newspaper ABC (quoted in Marca), they have bought the confetti from Barcelona.

The Catalan giants had some confetti ready for their own celebrations; going into the final game of the La Liga season, they knew victory over Atletico Madrid would seal the title. But Atletico grabbed a draw, and with it the title, and the confetti went unused.

The report adds:

With no Super Cup to be played in the summer, in Eibar Barcelona found a solution to palm off the confetti which they have no use for, given that it turns lumpy if left for too long. Coincidently, both teams use the same purple and blue colours. Given the circumstances, and fully aware of the financial situation of the recently promoted club (they do not meet the minimum budget demanded by La Liga BBVA), Barca sold it on to them at a considerable discount.

The note on Eibar's finances is relevant. 
Sid Lowe, writing for ESPNFC.com, explains that the team could yet be denied their promotion because their finances do not meet La Liga's requirements, despite them not being in any debt:
According to the law -- Real Decreto 1251/1999, which became applicable to Eibar when they were promoted to the Second Division in the summer and thus took their place in what is formally classified as professional football -- every team has to have a capital equal to 25 percent of the average expenses of all the teams in the Second Division, not including the two clubs with the biggest outgoings and the two clubs with the smallest outgoings in the division.
Eibar will hope that they can hit upon a solution over the summer and take the place they have earned in the top flight of Spanish football. But even if they do not, at least Barcelona will have helped them get the promotion party started.