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Spanish soccer club collecting donations for 85-year-old woman evicted from home

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, Carmen Martinez Ayudo, 85, cries during her eviction in Madrid, Spain. Carmen Martinez Ayudo, who lives with a pension of euro 630 a month ($ 783) lost her foreclosed apartment to a moneylender after she could not afford to pay her debt and the high interest rates due to her financial situation after her son lost his job. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, Carmen Martinez Ayudo, 85, cries during her eviction in Madrid, Spain. Carmen Martinez Ayudo, who lives with a pension of euro 630 a month ($ 783) lost her foreclosed apartment to a moneylender after she could not afford to pay her debt and the high interest rates due to her financial situation after her son lost his job. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

A Spanish first division soccer team says it has opened a bank account to collect donations for an 85-year-old woman whose eviction last week sparked an outcry.

Rayo Vallecano president Raúl Martín Presa said Thursday the club will also donate money from ticket sales from its next home match to help Carmen Martínez pay for a place to live.

Martínez was evicted from the apartment she owned and lived in for decades in Madrid's working-class neighborhood of Vallecas. Her son had used it as collateral for a 40,000-euro ($50,000) loan and could not make payments after losing his job.

Associated Press photos of the eviction spurred intense Spanish media coverage of Martínez' plight and prompted the club to help her. Rayo is also based in the Vallecas neighborhood.

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