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CD Leganes have come up with a novel way to protest, over late night kick-off times.

Yes, you read the headline correctly and as their message on Twitter proclaimed, CD Leganes have made Count Dracula - The Prince of Darkness - their latest, honorary club member.

Joining luminaries such as iconic former player, Samuel Eto'o, who spent a season with the club during his formative years, Count Dracula features on the promotional poster for the next CD Leganes match, against CD Mirandes in the Spanish second division (Liga Adelante).

The message beneath the image of Dracula with his membership card in hand, has him saying: "Along with their great season, the kick-off times are agreeable for me."

This is actually a tongue in cheek way for CD Leganes to protest about the kick-off time, as this is the ninth occasion this season, they have been scheduled for the late night slot, meaning there's little risk of Dracula getting caught up in the bothersome sunlight.

For small clubs such as CD Leganes, it's difficult enough to get bums on seats for matches. That difficulty increases even more, when the club is based in the Spanish capital, where there are so many teams. Four of those, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Rayo Vallecano and Getafe, are in the top-flight.

Add on top of that, kick-off times which only suit "creatures of the night" - and it's easy to appreciate the irony of the message from the club, who are far from happy at the amount of times they've been scheduled late night games.

Late kick-off times are a particular bone of contention for fans in Spain, with TV scheduling and broadcasting rights, for the most part, dictating when games take place. In addition, some clubs have seemed to suffer more than others, when it comes to their teams having to play at less than appealing hours.

For the clubs themselves, and particularly in the second-tier of the Spanish game, there's still a heavy reliance on gate receipts as a mainstay of revenue. The later at night games are, the less chance families will attend, especially if kids have to be up early for school the next day.

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