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: 2019 06 09 Sergio Ramos broke the record for featuring in the most international victories for Spain, overtaking former team-mate Iker Casillas.

: 2019 06 21 Former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has announced that he is to retire from football

: 2019 06 25 Real Madrid have decided to launch their own women’s team. Real Madrid have agreed to buy CD Tacon, a Madrid-based team promoted to Liga Iberdrola - the domestic women’s top-flight - at the end of last season.

: 2019 07 01 Fabian Ruiz cited Spain’s togetherness in overcoming adversity as a key factor in their European Under-21 Championship triumph

2019 07 26 Retrieve

[La Liga claims it’s under attack from the RFEF and refuses to alter fixture dates. La Liga refutes the decision, instead claiming to be the only organisation able to set the schedule for league fixtures] LaLiga confirms that there is a judicial hearing indicated for August 7 with the objective of resolving this RFEF attack with caution to La Liga’s powers and the value of the audiovisual rights of the associated clubs

2019 07 31 Retrieve

[Conflict between the Spanish league and RFEF its governing body has escalated to a point that the season’s start date remains unclear as we enter August] Spanish football fans do not want games on these days. Especially on Mondays, it is very difficult for fans to enjoy games

2019 08 29 Tweet

[Former Barcelona and Spain head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed his daughter Xana has died after suffering from bone cancer] The RFEF mourns the sad loss of little Xana, only nine years old, daughter of the coach and international player with Spain, Luis Enrique. We want to show our condolences to family and friends, joining us all today in their pain

2019 09 20 Retrieve

[Spain coach Robert Moreno on Ansu Fati] People at the RFEF are working on that to get Ansu Fati [to play for Spain] and it will be the player’s decision. The RFEF are working on having the best players

2019 09 26 Retrieve

[Barcelona have been fined just €300 by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for their actions in the signing of Atletico Madrid forward Antione Griezmann] It is evident that the amount of economic sanction does not bear any proportion to the importance of the facts that have given rise to this file. Taking into account the economic capacity of the club and the amount of the economic operation, this committee is aware that the payment of €300, beyond its merely symbolic nature (the fine is imposed because the issued club has been considered the author of a disciplinary infraction), will not contribute to the sanctioned club in particular and, probably, other clubs that may be in the same situation in the future, adapt their behaviour to what is required by regulation. However, this is not a sufficient reason for this committee to opt for the imposition of a sanction - the closing of the stadium by a party - which, as stated, seems to be intended for infractions of another nature

2019 09 29 Retrieve

[The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has accused TV producers of manipulating VAR images after Denis Cheryshev’s goal was allowed to stand in Valencia’s 1-0 win against Athletic Club on Saturday] Against the most elementary rules of the ethical sporting code and the rules of national and international competition, the producer of the match has put up images of a hypothetical offside line that doesn’t correspond to the [line] of VAR. These images [are] without any sort of technical rigour and offer a distorted view of the play. [It’s a] manoeuvre which creates a social alarm like a loss in confidence in the current VAR provider and in the skill of the Spanish referees.

The RFEF wants to make it clear that there can be no confusion and will raise the relevant complaint to international judicial and football organisations to analyse the situation and apply the corresponding measures. We are convinced that these irresponsible actions could lead to serious penalties. Therefore, we urge the LNFP [the Spanish football league] to articulate the necessary mechanisms to cease these types of activities so as not to damage and devalue the image of Spanish football

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[La Liga asks Barcelona & Real Madrid to move Clasico from Camp Nou to Bernabeu amid Catalan protests] RFEF has received the LFP request and has brought the case to the Competition Committee, which has brought the situation to the clubs. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have until Monday to respond. After [their comments] are received and analysed, the Competition will decide

2019 10 17 Retrieve

[Atletico Madrid and Villarreal submit request to play La Liga match in Miami] La Liga, alongside Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, [on Thursday] presented an official request to the RFEF to play the match between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, corresponding to La Liga matchday 16, on December 6, 2019, at 10pm Spanish time (4pm local time) at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami (Florida, United States).

This request is part of La Liga’s international growth strategy. There are millions of La Liga fans around the world. Bringing the clubs closer to these fans represents an important opportunity to connect with them and continue working for the global growth of La Liga on a worldwide level.

This international growth has a benefit for the clubs involved, as well as players, fans, La Liga, Spanish football and Spain itself. The choice of teams is due to the interest and availability shown by both clubs. USA, and especially Miami, is an essential part of its growth strategies. Villarreal now have been working in the North American market for various years, through the presence of academies and different training and marketing activities. Atletico Madrid recently completed a successful summer tour of the U.S., where they also took part in the MLS All-Star match in Orlando (Florida). The players and coaching staff from both sides have been told about this and have shown enthusiasm in taking football to their fans in the US. Also the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) has been informed of the request

2019 10 17b Retrieve

[Barcelona vs Real Madrid Clasico postponed due to security concerns] Following an extraordinary meeting yesterday by the RFEF Competition Committee, an analysis of the Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid scheduled for October 26 has resulted in the following: The rules prevent the alteration of the order of matches between the teams already in the calendar. The Committee will allow the affected clubs to reach an agreement on a new date for El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid are requested to select a date and time in the coming hours, with Monday, October 21 at 10:00am (CET) as a limit. In the case that an agreement cannot be reached, the Competition Committee will be the body responsible for determining the date of the match

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[Barcelona and Real Madrid left waiting as RFEF postpone Clasico date decision] The Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation will return to Barcelona and Real Madrid tomorrow [Tuesday] after receiving new statements from the National Professional Football League [LaLiga] on the date of the Clasico [originally] to be played on October 26 and was postponed due to exceptional circumstances.

The clubs will have a deadline to answer by 20:00 on Tuesday, and the Competition Committee must meet again to assess their responses. During the day, the Competition Committee has analysed the proposals of both clubs, which it invited to agree to a day and who have agreed to play the postponed match on December 18. It [the Competition Committee] has also analysed the various reports sent by the National Professional Football League during these days. In addition, the Committee requested a report from the RFEF Competition Area, which has been sent to them in a timely manner

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[RFEF demands La Liga chief resigns as Villarreal v Atletico Madrid match in Miami is shelved] The request to the member clubs of La Liga to start a dialogue with the Federation is reiterated and the immediate dismissal of the president of La Liga or his immediate resignation is requested. The president of La Liga, Mr. Javier Tebas, has filed all kinds of lawsuits (criminal, civil, commercial, administrative) and appeals against the RFEF, in what is considered an attempt to justify his own mistakes.

leader of La Liga considers that he can act outside the Federation, however, judges, administration, etc … have found and communicated that this is not possible and that, without the authorisation of the RFEF, he cannot organise the soccer competitions in Spain. La Liga is a competition manager that must adapt its performance to the rules of FIFA, UEFA and RFEF. This attitude that can be considered a total disregard from the president of La Liga for the rules of FIFA, UEFA, as well as the RFEF, leading to an extremely serious situation and putting La Liga clubs themselves at risk.

In the opinion of the RFEF, this attitude is ‘absolutely hostile and irresponsible’ against the institution that directs football in Spain and is causing damage to this sport and especially for clubs that are part of La Liga. It must cease immediately

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[Eibar’s La Liga game against Real Sociedad on Sunday has been postponed due to air contamination] In contact with La Liga, the RFEF and the clubs involved, the Competition Committee, and on the recommendation of the Basque Government, has decided to suspend the Eibar-Real Sociedad match that was going to take place [Sunday] February 16 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ipurua stadium

2020 03 22 Retrieve

[Spanish FA head urges Olympic postponement] The president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, transmitted the request for postponement of the next Olympic Games to Juan Antonio Samaranch. He did so at the meeting held with other Spanish sports federations and to which he was called by the president of the COE [the Spanish Olympic Commission], Alejandro Blanco. The president of Spanish football asked that all efforts be focused on supporting our Administration in the fight against COVID-19. At this time, health must prevail over any other issue and we must be on the side of our Government. Sport is our reason for being, but now it must be in the background. We continue to work for football and solutions for this sector, however, now the duty as Spaniards is to stay united and suspend all sports events, as this Federation did in regard to those competitions over which it has oversight.

[Rubiales went on to offer the RFEF’s sympathies to those who have lost loved ones] We show our pain for the victims of this pandemic, our condolences to their families, our encouragement for the health workers and the State Security Forces and all those who are maintaining public services. We remain at the disposal of the authorities and we offer ourselves to collaborate in any measures that may be considered

2020 03 23 Retrieve

[La Liga 2019-2020 season suspended indefinitely due to coronavirus] The RFEF and La Liga agree the suspension of professional soccer competitions until the competent authorities of the government of Spain and the general state administration consider that they can be resumed and this does not pose any risk to health. Both the RFEF and La Liga want to show their greatest public gratitude to all those who are dedicating their best efforts to provide essential services to Spaniards, and we also wish to show our sincere remembrance for all the deceased and a warm embrace from the world of soccer for all families that are losing loved ones

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Real Madrid sit second in La Liga this season, two points behind Barcelona, with the competition suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic] The RFEF and La Liga agree the suspension of professional soccer competitions until the competent authorities of the government of Spain and the general state administration consider that they can be resumed and this does not pose any risk to health. Both the RFEF and La Liga want to show their greatest public gratitude to all those who are dedicating their best efforts to provide essential services to Spaniards, and we also wish to show our sincere remembrance for all the deceased and a warm embrace from the world of soccer for all families that are losing loved ones

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[La Liga to remember Covid-19 victims with a minute’s silence before matches] The RFEF and La Liga have announced that upon the return of football, in all professional and non-professional competitions, a minute of silence will be held before all matches in memory of those who have died from COVID-19

Both organisations have reached an agreement to pay a sincere tribute during this season to all those who have left us because of the pandemic, as well as their families

That is why from this very Wednesday, in the resumption of Rayo Vallecano-Albacete as in the rest of La Liga Santander and La Liga SmartBank [Segunda Division] matches, as well as in the play-offs for promotion to La Liga Santander and Segunda B, the world of football will remember the deceased with 60 seconds of mourning before the start of the matches