Alejandro Blanco stated this Friday that Luis Rubiales should have resigned because it was the “most coherent gesture” and to “show regret” for the kiss on soccer player Jenni Hermoso, and he regretted that this case overshadowed the “best summer” in the history of sports. Spanish.
«There were three things: truly ask for forgiveness; explain what has been done with women’s football and propose resignation. It was a coherent gesture and the best to show regret for situations that go against common sense,” Alejandro Blanco said at a press conference at the COE headquarters.
After recognizing that the ‘Rubiales case’ “has surpassed” the sports field, Blanco considered that “football must solve a problem that belongs to football,” and expressed his sadness because the Women’s World Cup and the results of the Spanish athletes are this year. summer have been relegated.
“We are experiencing the best summer in our entire history and it hurts me as president of the COE that events like this have blurred the great successes of our athletes,” he said, displaying the 87 Spaniards – 46 men and 41 women – already classified for the Paris 2024 Games. and the 91 medals in Olympic sports achieved in 2022.
Under a screen with the motto ‘The successes of Spanish sport 2023’, the president of the COE stressed that its mission is to “defend sport and its values.” “Paris is just around the corner and the successes of Spanish sport are the successes of Spain and on that path we need everyone,” he said.
Likewise, he defended himself against those who have questioned his delay in ruling on the ‘Rubiales case’. «I am not in a race to be the first to condemn. When there is a problem, I first try to solve it, and that is what I have done by intervening with the person. The gestures I saw are inappropriate and unacceptable,” he stressed.
Blanco revealed that the last time he spoke with Rubiales was the eve of the RFEF General Assembly and that, since then, he has communicated with the president of the RFEF via WhatsApp. «I have never hidden. Maybe my defect is that I don’t explain what I do. Sports must solve the problem, first, in the sporting field, and if they have to go to court, let them go,” said the leader.
Absence in the Assembly
«Why didn’t I go to the Assembly? I don’t go to all the federation assemblies. It wasn’t for me to go. I go when the budgets are presented and the present and future are discussed. “I didn’t have to be there, it was an issue in the world of sports,” she added.
Thus, Blanco reiterated that football must solve an internal problem and that if they require his opinion he will give it. «There is an Assembly. If there are problems, they must solve it and whatever their decision is, it must be supported. There is an interim president and we must respect the decisions,” he stressed.
The president of the COE, who did not hide his friendship with Rubiales, acknowledged feeling “pain” for the president of the RFEF, although he reiterated that the federation also has to respond. «The president is elected by his group. First, the world of sport has to resolve it and second, the administrative route,” he repeated, congratulating the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, and the president of the CSD, Víctor Francos, because they have given the TAD “the role that it corresponds».
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