Vicente Belda, sporting director of the Comunidad Valenciana team (formerly kown as Kelme) will have to appear in court in the next ten days to answer charges of threatening the journalist who covered former Kelme rider Jesus Manzano's allegation of doping within the Kelme team.
Juan Antonio Gutiérrez, a journalist with Spanish sports newspaper As, filed a complaint against Belda after the two bumped into each other in a café in Mallorca during this week's Mallorca Challenge series. Belda allegedly shouted insults at Gutiérrez, and made the shape of a pistol with his fingers and shouted "You're dead!"
Comunidad Valenciana team manager José Luis Aznar told As that he would speak with Belda about the incident. "If we have to call someone to order we will do it," he said, "but we are not going to do anything rash. Many members of our team and other witnessed the incident and I think they will be able to clarify the facts."
The investigation into Manzano's allegations was dropped earlier this week for lack of evidence.