Gibraltar admitted to UEFA junior football and Futsal competitions
Gibraltar Football Association President Gareth Latin announced that Gibraltar has been invited to participate in UEFA Under 17, Under 19 and Futsal competitions, commencing in September 2013, despite Spain’s “outright objection”.
GFA will thus join the 53 UEFA member nations. The application is being submitted and the draw for the competitions, four nations in each group, will take place on December 4 and 5 at UEFA HQ at Nyon, Switzerland.
Host nations are Malta (U17) and Hungary (U19), Futsal is yet undecided.
“This demonstrates that UEFA has faith in us”, says a delighted Mr. Latin.
From Madrid Spain’s Secretary of State for Sport Miguel Cardenal said he was travelling to UEFA headquarters to present “Spain’s outright objection” to Gibraltar becoming a fully fledged permanent member of UEFA.
This echoes past comments by the Minister for Sport who had expressed the hope that Gibraltar’s provisional membership status would not materialise into full membership. (Gibraltar Chronicle)