Wednesday, January 30th 2013 - 06:30 UTC

Spain will oppose by ‘all legal means’ Gibraltar’s full membership of UEFA

The Spanish Government has made clear to Alfred Bosch, the speaker of Esquerra Republicana Catalonia (ERC) in Congress that it will oppose “by all legal means” Gibraltar’s admission as a full member of UEFA. Madrid said UEFA “should not be used for political purposes”.

Crest of Gibraltar Football Association founded in 1895

In reply to Mr Bosch, calling for Spanish central government’s explanations for their refusal to accept Gibraltar as a member of UEFA, Madrid argues that the decade long claim from Gibraltar’s soccer federation to join the Championship is part the broader policy of trying to ‘grow’ Gibraltar international presence in various forums, all separate from the UK.

“This is something that Spain cannot accept,” says the Spanish executive.

Madrid responded to ERC unsuccessful attempts for international recognition of its sports bodies, by saying that UEFA “should not be used for political purposes”.

The ERC, (Republican Left of Catalonia) is a left wing political party in Spain and is the main sponsor of the independence movement from France and Spain in the territories known among Catalan nationalists as “Paisos Catalans”.

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1 Idlehands (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 08:02 am Report abuse
Madrid said UEFA “should not be used for political purposes”

................which is exactly what Madrid is doing in relation to this matter
2 Redrow (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 08:16 am Report abuse
Would be interesting if Gibraltar ever had to play Spain in qualifiers. Doubtless kick-off would be delayed as the Gibraltar team will get held up by Spanish officials trying to slow their journey to the pitch.
3 Trunce (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 08:57 am Report abuse
4 Rufus (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 10:19 am Report abuse
Spain will scream and scream and scream until they're sick...

Then panic about the idea of Catalonia applying for it's own separate membership of UEFA...
5 DJ56 (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 11:19 am Report abuse
“Madrid said UEFA “should not be used for political purposes”

................which is exactly what Madrid is doing in relation to this matter”

Typical Spanish hypocracy: one of their biggest national traits. One needs look no further than their respective positions on Gibraltar, and on the other hand Ceuta, Melilla, and their other “plazas de soberania” in North Africa.

A national trait that the Argentinians have clearly inherited.
6 reality check (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 11:23 am Report abuse
Cowardly f...ckers picking on 11 year old kids! See our Aussie friend was defending the behaviour, no surprise there!
7 Redrow (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 12:06 pm Report abuse
@3 Trunce

That's really shocking actually - I'd never seen that before. There is a similar youth competition in N.Ireland called the Milk Cup and despite the political problems in NI the competition organisers would never drag politics into it like that. The Milk Cup website has the Irish Tricolour on it together with all of the other nations and dependent territories that have ever competed (inc Argentina, Spain, Gran Canaria etc). Picking on 11 year olds is very brave when you're a big macho blazer.
8 Pirate Love (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 01:17 pm Report abuse macho....against such a threat as tiny children playing football, Im impressed!!!! Im sure they posed a massive risk so it would seem.
so this is how spain treats the children of foreign guests??
about time the UK promoted a alternative holiday destination if this is how foreign kids are treated in spain!

you are true spanish cowards must be in the blood i have a few suggestions for your next act of overwheling courage,
what about elderly expats walking the plank with a zimmer frame?
what about gang mugging of babies?
happy slapping disabled people?
or my favorite sea mine pinata using a blind child?
im sure the above will fit nicely into the hispanic cruel mentality as they have already shown!

9 screenname (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 05:18 pm Report abuse
I've got my Gib footy shirt. If anyone wants one they are going very cheap at Lovell Soccer (but postage might bit a bit to the Falklands).
10 reality check (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 06:37 pm Report abuse
Surprised the story about the kids footie team was not picked up by UK tabloids? Anyone got the number of a friendly journalist.
11 Shed-time (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 06:46 pm Report abuse
Will Spain also oppose massive levels of unemployment and economic decline with the same zeal?
12 briton (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 07:47 pm Report abuse
When will it ever stop?

They act like children , play like children , and are treated like children,

Its about time Spain grew up, and stopped acting like a spoilt child,

Mind you,
it doesn’t help when the EU turns a blind eye on Spanish childish antics ..
13 Trunce (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 08:49 pm Report abuse

Well it' s not new news, but it as picked up at the time by D Mail - but not with video.
14 reality check (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 09:39 pm Report abuse
Thanks's read some of the comments, including one from the embarrased Spaniard doing a shit job of trying to equate it with the type of behaviour you see in the major leagues, defending it and saying there was nothing wrong with the behaviour, towards kids for fs, mans a prize twat!
15 Anbar (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 12:07 am Report abuse
“”“Madrid said UEFA “should not be used for political purposes”.”“”

“”“”Spain will oppose by ‘all legal means’ Gibraltar’s full membership of UEFA“”“””

erm...the irony meter just exploded

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