The Spanish Government has declared that it will back legal action by the Spanish Football Federation to block Gibraltar’s membership of UEFA. “We will take the necessary measures in our power to avoid a situation which is contrary to the sporting strategy of the Spanish state.”
A major investigation involving Europol and police teams from 13 European countries has uncovered an extensive criminal network involved in widespread football match-fixing. A total of 425 match officials, club officials, players, and serious criminals, from more than 15 countries, are suspected of being involved in attempts to fix more than 380 professional football matches.
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”.
Spain will exhaust all legal means to prevent the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar gaining full membership of UEFA, Sports Minister Jose Ignacio Wert said. Gibraltar was admitted as a provisional member of European soccer's governing body on Monday and a decision on whether to grant full membership will be taken at a UEFA Congress in London next May.
Julio Grondona, Argentina's FIFA vice-president has apologised for his “unacceptable” insults about England, David Bernstein the chairman of the English Football Association said. The controversy at the time also involved bribery allegations and the Falklands/Malvinas Islands dispute.
England’s Football Association's board has decided to abstain in the vote for the presidency of Fifa. Sepp Blatter, the current head of football's world governing body, is being challenged by Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam, the president of the Asian Football Confederation.