Spanish football continues to argue despite the pandemic

MADRID: Not even him coronavirus The pandemic has softened the power struggle between soccer organizations in Spain.

The outbreak has strained relations between the Spanish soccer federation , the Spanish league and the union of Spanish players even more.

They have disagreed on a variety of issues in recent years, and disputes have continued throughout the pandemic despite their own calls for unity.

Only in the last few weeks have we seen several fights. The federation has accused the players union of having a hidden agenda.

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The players' union, in turn, has said it is under attack and accused the federation of leaking private conversations. Both the federation and the players' union have criticized the league for not doing enough to financially protect Spanish clubs.

The latest confrontation involved discussions by a commission that monitors how COVID-19 has been affecting Spanish soccer. The three soccer bodies are part of the commission. The Spanish league directs the two most important soccer divisions in the country, while the federation controls regulations and matches for professional and amateur games.

After the end of a meeting this week, the federation issued a statement saying it would not accept teams that play less than 72 hours apart when competitions resume after the pandemic, and that it opposed an alleged agreement between the union of players and the league. play games 48 hours apart to complete the interrupted season.

Both the league and the players union denied the existence of the deal. The union said it did not like the tone of the meeting and that it felt it was under direct attack.

A few days after the denials, the federation released an audio recording of the meeting in which the president of the players union, David Aganzo , they suggested that players should be more flexible with respect to the time between games to help reduce the economic impact of the crisis.

The players union was upset by the release of the recordings and said it planned to sue the federation. The league also said it would consider its legal options.

The federation said it released the tapes, but denied they were leaked. He said in a statement Friday that it was clear from the first commission meeting that the talks would be taped, and that no one had objected to doing so.

He said he released the recordings to a local radio station that had requested them, and the federation said it felt the need to preserve the truth and correct the misinformation allegedly disclosed by the players union about what had happened at the meeting. .

The federation also said that the meeting should never have been considered a secret with the participation of more than 20 people from different groups, and that the players' union itself released information about what happened at the meeting.

The federation only clarified to the public what really happened, it said in its statement, adding that it seemed that the opinions of the president of the players' union went against those of the Spanish players.

He said that the players union's request to keep the committee meetings secret leads us to suspect that the association has a hidden agenda and intends to hide its true views from the public and its members.

The president of the federation, Luis Rubiales, former president of the players' union, has been an open figure since he took over the federation in 2018. One of his first acts was to fire the coach. Julen Lopetegui of the Spanish national team a few days before the World Cup in Russia because he took a job with Real Madrid without notifying the officials of the federation.

Rubiales and league president Javier Tebas, another outspoken figure in Spanish soccer, have disagreed over a number of problems, including rescheduling a suspended classic game between Real Madrid and Barcelona last year, and the attempt from the league to play a regular game. seasonal game in the United States.

Rubiales recently said that Thebes should have done more to guarantee the league's television rights.

Aganzo also recently criticized the league for not securing Spanish clubs a bigger financial cushion for times of crisis like the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, something Thebes said would have been impossible to do for any sector.

Aganzo and Thebes also failed to reach an agreement on the number of salary reductions needed for the players in an attempt to reduce the economic impact of the pandemic.