Rubiales: “Bilbao has problems, La Cartuja would be a magnificent place”

“It would be fatal for the headquarters to go to another country. I am going to work for the headquarters to stay in Spain”, says the president of the RFEF

Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), admits that Bilbao “has problems” to host Eurocup matches and considers “that the Cartuja would be a magnificent place” although the “UEFA must decide”.

“I don’t want to say anything about Seville as the venue for Spain for the Eurocup. With all due respect for what was done in Bilbao, the difficulties are many and it would be fatal for the headquarters to go to another country. I’m going to work so that the headquarters stay in Spain, La Cartuja would be a magnificent place, “he commented at an informative meeting held in the capital of Seville.

The federative leader stressed that Seville “has everything to host the Eurocup” and, despite the fact that he is obliged to inhibit “in the UEFA voting”, he assured that he is “doing the maximum so that Spain does not lose the matches of the national team and one of the round of 16”, which were the planned duels in San Mamés.

Luis Rubiales highlighted “the good relationship with the Junta and with La Cartuja”, where Spain has played two games this season, “that is why” the Sevillian stadium “would be the first option if the Bilbao venue falls.”

Twenty-four matches for Spain in Andalusia in the next four years

Javier Imbroda, Minister of Education and Sports of the Junta de Andalucía, this Friday was “delighted” by the agreement with the Royal Spanish Football Federation that will allow the autonomous community to “host 24 games” of the different national teams “in the next four years.”

Imbroda thanked “the president of the federation”, Luis Rubiales, “for believing in this project”, something that is not easy, being subjected to so much pressure from the various autonomous communities “and intends to “expand the alliance” by making “Jaén the home of the Spanish futsal team”.

The former basketball coach also congratulated himself because having “recovered La Cartuja, a stadium that lived with its back to Seville and Andalusia” despite having “cost taxpayers a fortune, but despite the crisis and the pandemic, today it is a window to the world with games that are seen in 180 countries “.

Imbroda assured that “for every euro invested in this project” jointly with the RFEF, there is “a return of twenty”, so “there is no greater profitability than to bet on these events, always looking for balance”, since it considers that ” sport has no borders or ideologies. “

To the counselor of Citizens He “would have liked to open the stadium to the public for the final of the Copa del Rey” that Barcelona and Athletic Club will play this Saturday, “but it is impossible with the perimeter closures”, and recalled that “the capacity depends on the health authorities”, although he was willing to host the public “as of May 9, when the state of alarm expires.”

Finally, Javier Imbroda assured that the Andalusian “is not a racist society” when asked about the alleged insult received in Cádiz by the French defender of Valencia Mouctar Diakhaby and he reiterated that “it would not be fair to generalize for a specific cause in which,” he recalled, “the presumption of innocence must prevail at all times.”

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