|Org||Spanish Football Federation [RFEF]|
2019 07 31 Retrieve
[La Liga proposed that Girona’s home match with Barcelona be played in Miami, following an agreement with sports promotion company Relevent, which included one league match a season being staged in the USA. The move couldn’t happen without the approval of the RFEF, FIFA, U.S. Soccer and CONCACAF, though. As a result, it failed to materialise, with Rubiales labelling the Relevent deal as worthless without support from the governing body] Javier Tebas spoke to everyone except the people he had to speak to. It’s a total lack of respect, unfaithful and incomprehensible. This president demands a lot from others when his own behaviour frankly leaves a lot to be desired. We’ve not had even a single call. I haven’t seen the contract. Put bluntly, he’s rude. He has signed an agreement that it is not up to him to sign. What he has signed is worthless. It means nothing without our authorisation
2020 01 12 Retrieve
[Prior to Victor’s dismissal, RFEF president Luis Rubiales vowed to offer him a job should he get sacked] I had not been on Twitter for two months until the Victor Sanchez del Amo news. I respect Malaga, but what they have [reportedly] done is a crime. If he loses work, I will offer him to come [to RFEF]. I will talk to [RFEF sporting director, Jose Francisco] Molina and we will look for a professional job for him in the Federation. We will have open doors
2020 03 17 Retrieve
[Spanish FA president aiming to avoid playing behind closed doors] There is no date. We valued May 31 and communicated to the Royal Household. Seeing what has happened in the last 10 days we have paralyzed it. The presidents of Athletic Club and Real Sociedad will be in the negotiations. But it is important to say that we want the final to be with fans
2020 03 18 Retrieve
[Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish FA, has hit out at coronavirus testing for footballers as irresponsible in the current climate] I think it is irresponsible when there are patients with much more at stake than a competition, with life itself at stake. It is not appropriate to be using tests [at clubs] when there are people who need tests. It fails to see reality.
We are all confined to home; it doesn’t make any difference if you have been infected or not. It’s the same outcome [isolation]. And if someone does have severe symptoms, that’s the person who needs the test. Not a footballer. He is going to be isolated anyway.
The authorities have said this: ‘If anyone has a test, masks, gloves, hand them over.’ Hospitals are running out. There’s someone sending tests to clubs: that’s a lack of solidarity, it could even be illegal. He should be ashamed. We don’t want that, and it’s anti-patriotic.
When all this is over, when fewer people need it, then maybe we will consider testing players at our clubs but for now, tests have to be for those that need it. We all have to lend a hand.
It would a tremendous injustice not to finish the season. We are not going to declare it void, we want to finish it. We don’t even know when competition will restart. We are in the hands of what the health authorities say. We can’t guess the future
2020 03 19 Retrieve
[Luis Rubiales criticised clubs for taking testing kits away from more vulnerable members of society] Knowing the lives of many people are at stake it seems out of place to me to use tests on footballers when there are people that need them. The result for the player is the same, if they are positive and don’t have severe symptoms they will be confined at home. Testing players seems unsupportive and absolutely anti-patriotic in these conditions
2020 03 22 Retrieve
[IOC to ‘take next step in scenario-planning’ for Tokyo 2020 Games amidst coronavirus crisis] Sport is our reason for being, but now it must be in the background
2020 03 25 Retrieve
[RFEF maintain priority is to complete La Liga season despite Covid-19 interruption] The priority is to complete the season. We can’t just relegate teams now. Teams have to be promoted by right. There are hundreds of teams waiting to complete the season. When the country recovers, that will be the moment to complete the current season. Let’s hope I’m mistaken and that we can play at the start of May. I don’t think that’ll be possible, but I’d love to be proved wrong, we’ll have to extend the calendar. The objective is to save this season. That’s our idea
[Rubiales also confirmed RFEF remain cautious over discussing any potential return date] We are working on every scenario possible, but we don’t want to play predictor. We have to be very cautious and rigorous. We are living an extreme time, with many deaths. We have never put a deadline to restart playing and we will not be doing now. We believe the deadline should be health, integrity and safety. Mainly when the country takes back the normal situation
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Spanish Football Federation remain focused on completing the campaign if at all possible] The priority is to complete the season. We can’t just relegate teams now. Teams have to be promoted by right. There are hundreds of teams waiting to complete the season. When the country recovers, that will be the moment to complete the current season. Let’s hope I’m mistaken and that we can play at the start of May. I don’t think that’ll be possible, but I’d love to be proved wrong, we’ll have to extend the calendar. The objective is to save this season. That’s our idea. We are working on every scenario possible, but we don’t want to play predictor. We have to be very cautious and rigorous. We are living an extreme time, with many deaths. We have never put a deadline to restart playing and we will not be doing now. We believe the deadline should be health, integrity and safety. Mainly when the country takes back the normal situation
2020 05 07 Retrieve
[Spanish FA propose five substitutions when La Liga resumes] Rubiales detailed that more than a month ago the RFEF raised with FIFA the possibility that more changes than usual could be made in the games, given the situation of the players, once the games resumed. FIFA recently approved the possibility of making these changes and transferred it to the IFAB, the international body in charge of approving the amendments to the regulations, which in this case is pending the green light for this measure in the case of the First Division. In the case of the other national categories, the RFEF is the one that has the competence to approve it. The RFEF has decided to propose to the Delegate Commission tomorrow the possibility of making five changes in all national categories, which would also apply to the playoffs designed in the competition resolution proposal. These changes would be limited to three moments, in such a way that time losses will be avoided