Friday, 19 April 2013

Madrid 'will not allow' an official UEFA match with Gibraltar

MADRID According to The Gibraltar Chronicle, the Spanish Government has declared that it will back legal action by the Spanish Football Federation to block Gibraltar’s membership of UEFA. In answer to questions from an ERC representative in the Madrid Cortes, a Spanish Government spokesman said it is not envisaged that Spain would ever play “against the selection from the British colony” and will do everything in its power so that this “hypothesis never materializes.” The ERC is a separatist party in Catalonia with a small presence in the Madrid parliament. The Spanish government's response to the ERC question:  “We are currently opposed to the membership of the British colony of Gibraltar of any international sporting federation. We will take the necessary measures in our power to avoid a situation which is contrary to the sporting strategy of the Spanish state.”

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