Meeting to take the 2030 World from Spain

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This past Tuesday a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Higher Council (CSD) to continue studying the situation of the Spanish Federation (RFEF) and possible sanctions against its president, Pedro Rocha, and the members of the Management Committee due to the file opened by the Sports Administrative Court (TAD). However, This meeting was suspended because the TAD had requested 40 additional documents, so the CSD Board of Directors will meet in the coming days.

As the Government also announced this Tuesday, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, It will be the former coach Vicente del Bosque who will chair the Supervision, Normalization and Representation Commission created by the CSD. “Vicente del Bosque is going to be the face, the representation of Spanish football. We are going to see it in the final of the ‘Champions League’, during the Euro and during the Olympic Games. “He represents the best of football in our country, he is our world and European champion and he is a man loved and respected by the entire field of football, players, coaches and citizens in general,” said the spokesperson and Minister of Education, Training. Professional and Sports, Pilar Alegría.

A thoughtful decision, but not without controversy, no matter how much The CSD has pointed out that “it trusts that all football agents, including the RFEF itself, UEFA and FIFA, will collaborate with this Commission, with which the Government, in defense of the general interest of Spain, provides a response “constructive response to the reputational crisis that the Royal Spanish Football Federation has been experiencing for some time.”

The truth is This action by the Spanish Government on football could bring a possible sanction from FIFA and UEFA, for interference; so much so that it is on the table. Without going further, Both football organizations have already warned the CSD about them by letter, at the same time requesting information about the committee created. The legal basis on which the commission has been created, its composition and who appointed its members; its exact mandate and the powers of the aforementioned commission are some of the questions that FIFA and UEFA ask the CSD, as well as the relationship of the aforementioned commission with the decision-making bodies of the RFEF. Some questions to answer for which FIFA and UEFA have given until May 2, then making a decision on the matter.

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The protection of the commission in both football organizations is not yet clear, especially after the CSD announced that its members would be above any leader of the RFEF. That is to say, it will be Vicente del Bosque, and not Pedro Rocha, still president of the RFEF, who will represent Spain in any box or public event, among other things. Among the most drastic sanctions would be expelling Spain from international competitions, including the next European Championship in Germany, or taking away the joint organization of the 2030 World Cup, along with Portugal and Morocco. A decision, this last one, that It could be carried out definitively during the next FIFA congress, to be held this May. More specifically, on the 17th, in Bangkok (Thailand).

Although this is not a topic that is part of the agenda as such, If before this Thursday, May 2, there is no resounding response from the CSD to the questions from FIFA and UEFA, the punishment could come immediately at its next congress, as has already happened in previous meetings with other federations. Peru, Chad, Guatemala, Kenya, Trinidad & Tobago and Zimbabwe are some of the federations sanctioned by FIFA in recent years, so it would be The RFEF is the first major federation to have its wings clipped by FIFA, which must ratify the 2030 World Cup next December. For now, both in Nyon and in Zurich there is a feeling that the CSD, chaired by Rodríguez Uribe, has not complied with everything discussed between the parties during the coming days to form the aforementioned commission. For the highest international organizations in the world of football, the premise is clear: politics cannot enter the world of football.

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