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Spain soccer team starts fund to help 85-year-old whose eviction from her flat sparked outcry

  • 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rayo Vallecano club president Raul Martin Presa walks past some trophies after leaving a news conference in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Spanish first division soccer team Rayo Vallecano says it has opened a bank account for donations for Carmen Martinez, an 85-year-old woman whose eviction last week sparked an outcry.  Martinez 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 euro40,000  loan ($50,000) and could not make payments after losing his job. Associated Press photos of the eviction spurred intense Spanish media coverage of Martinez’ plight and prompted the club to help her. Rayo is also from the Vallecas neighborhood. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    Rayo Vallecano club president Raul Martin Presa walks past some trophies after leaving a news conference in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Spanish first division soccer team Rayo Vallecano says it has opened a bank account for donations for Carmen Martinez, an 85-year-old woman whose eviction last week sparked an outcry. Martinez 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 euro40,000 loan ($50,000) and could not make payments after losing his job. Associated Press photos of the eviction spurred intense Spanish media coverage of Martinez’ plight and prompted the club to help her. Rayo is also from the Vallecas neighborhood. (AP Photo/Paul White)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rayo Vallecano club president Raul Martin Presa, centre, looks accoss at the team coach Paco Jemez during a news conference in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Spanish first division soccer team Rayo Vallecano says it has opened a bank account for donations for Carmen Martinez, an 85-year-old woman whose eviction last week sparked an outcry.  Martinez 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 euro40,000 loan ($50,000) and could not make payments after losing his job. Associated Press photos of the eviction spurred intense Spanish media coverage of Martinez’ plight and prompted the club to help her. Rayo is also from the Vallecas neighborhood. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    Rayo Vallecano club president Raul Martin Presa, centre, looks accoss at the team coach Paco Jemez during a news conference in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Spanish first division soccer team Rayo Vallecano says it has opened a bank account for donations for Carmen Martinez, an 85-year-old woman whose eviction last week sparked an outcry. Martinez 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 euro40,000 loan ($50,000) and could not make payments after losing his job. Associated Press photos of the eviction spurred intense Spanish media coverage of Martinez’ plight and prompted the club to help her. Rayo is also from the Vallecas neighborhood. (AP Photo/Paul White)  (The Associated Press)

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 Raul Martin Presa said Thursday the club will also donate money from ticket sales from its next home match to help Carmen Martinez pay for a place to live.

Martinez 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 Martinez' plight and prompted the club to help her. Rayo is also based in the Vallecas neighborhood.