The final of the Queen’s Cup … without Rubiales, Laporta and Letizia
The final of the Copa de la Reina 2021 that was played at the municipal stadium of Butarque de Leganés had, as already happened in the semifinals, with an audience in the stands. 2,800 people were able to enjoy the show offered by Barcelona and Levante on the green. However, The absence in the Authorities Box of the cucumber coliseum of the RFEF president, Luis Rubiales, and His Majesty the Queen, Letizia Ortiz, drew attention. In the case of the monarch, it is usual, since of the 39 finals disputed so far, the Queen has only been present in one. In the case of the federative boss, it is the first Cup final to be lost.
The RFEF was represented in the Authorities Box by Rafael del Amo, President of the National Committee for Women’s Soccer of the RFEF; Maria Tato, Director of Women’s Soccer of the RFEF; Jorge Vilda, absolute national coach and sports director of the RFEF Women’s Soccer; and Montse Tomé, assistant of Vilda in the absolute and selector Promises. In addition, there were other members of the coaching staff such as Laura del Rio, Kenio Gonzalo, Javier Egido or Ruben Jimenez.
Barcelona was not represented by its president, Joan Laporta (I was in Cologne at the end of the Final four basketball), but by an extensive delegation of executives who supported the team in Madrid led by Xavier Puig Y Juan Ramon Ramos. In the stands were also the affiliate players, who took advantage of their visit to the capital to play on Sunday morning against Madrid CFF B – a match from Reto Iberdrola – to go to Butarque in the afternoon.
Ana Toledano, in charge of delivering the Cup
On the part of Levante, the president of the entity did attend, Quico Catalan, who was accompanied by other managers as well as Maider Castillo, general coordinator of women’s football in Levante, or Ruth Garcia, in its functions of institutional relations.
Other authorities present in Butarque were Jose Manuel Franco, president of the CSD; Santiago Llorente, mayor of Leganés; Carlos Velasco Carballo, President of the Technical Committee of Referees of the RFEF; Elisa yarte, Head of Brand and Global Sponsorships at Iberdrola; or Ana Toledano, former international handball player and in charge of delivering the Cup to the champion.