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Spain warns it will block all ‘by all means’ Gibraltar attempts to join UEFA

Monday, April 8th 2013 - 04:42 UTC
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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.” Read full article


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  • Anglotino

    ”Spain does not recognise “British sovereignty or jurisdiction over areas other than those expressly ceded under article X of the Treaty of Utrecht, in other words the city, castle, port, walls and fortifications.”

    I love verbal linguistics. So technically all cars and electrical appliances in Gibraltar are outside of UK sovereignty and fall under Spain's sovereignty?

    Sovereignty is sovereignty!

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 04:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Concentrate your efforts on providing employment for your people and leave politics out of sport!

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 08:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    This sounds incredibly juvenile.

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 08:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    We should send them a match ball so they have something to take home and sulk with.

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 11:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anbar

    “”We should send them a match ball so they have something to take home and sulk with.“””

    that'd be one ball more than England have ever come with since 1966.

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 12:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redrow

    Football Associations are not countries, they are just sporting associations. UEFA is not the UN.

    Anyway, if drawn in the same WC or Euro qualifying group as Gibraltar, Spain will play them rather than face disqualification. Given that Spain sometimes plays home games in the Canaries they can hardly complain. Indeed Morocco played Spain at the London Olympics and made no protests.

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    You can see where the argies have got their lying, cheating, ways from though.

    It must be in the genes.

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 01:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    Gross pettiness and absurd! Is Spain scared of losing to the “llanitos”?

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 01:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Totally pathetic and yes it lowers Spain down to the Argie level! Politics are Politics - and Sports are Sports - at least they are to those of us who live in the adult world.

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 01:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirate Love

    is spain thinks it can gain through political threats in sport then let them......and just like argentina they will also fail quite miserably with counter productive aggression.

    Spain has to ask itself is it a true Democracy or is it of the same ilk as Argentina!!


    Apr 08th, 2013 - 03:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Gibraltar? In South Atlantic?
    This is British propaganda indeed...

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 03:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @11 Why are you commenting? It's none of your business. Except, of course, that “latinos” tend to be much the same wherever they say they come from. Gibraltar, ceded to Britain “in perpetuity” in 1713. A treaty that did not identify any Spanish “territorial waters”. So Spain has no territorial waters? Well, well, well. Spain got internationally-recognised and legal territorial waters under the UNCLOS I treaties in 1958. So did Gibraltar! Spain is like argieland. It can only read what it likes.

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 06:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    I could really not care less, Gibraltar still isn't the South Atlantic.
    And this still is British propaganda.

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 06:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    Once again Spain acts like a spoilt child,

    We want, we want,
    Yet again covering up there own incompetence fraud and corruption,

    They like CFK are merely diverting their home problems to other things to act as a distraction,

    Spain knows very well she has no claim and never will have, now or ever,
    But like CFK their greed and blind obsession will merely hasten the break up of Spain,
    Already two regains are fed up with the Spanish government,

    Spain should leave Gibraltar alone and concentrate on her own country, before it falls apart.
    Just an opinion..


    Apr 08th, 2013 - 07:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • screenname

    Spain may be very good at the game of football, but even they seem to realise that:

    1) FIFA and UEFA take exception to governments interfering in the sport

    2) Football is about money, and while at club level they may promate the sport weill, at international level they are not realy a player in the money stakes.

    They might moan a bit, but, 'Madrid has not lodged any appeal against Gibraltar’s membership application.'

    Can't see that changing at any official level.

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 10:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    Wasn't Gibraltar ceded to the UK in perpetuity by Spain in the Treaty of Utrecht

    If you make an agreement then stick to it and quit whining. Is it a Spanish speaking thing?

    Apr 08th, 2013 - 11:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    16, correct
    but try telling the spannish that.

    Apr 09th, 2013 - 06:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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