Update Post: November 28, 2023 9:02 am
The president of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), Víctor Francos, has revealed that the body he presides is going to “authorize” elections to be held in the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) “in the first four months of 2024”, and He explained that the “prestige of Spanish football” is “above the discredit of some men and women” and that everything that happened in the federative body will not affect Spain’s candidacy to organize the 2030 World Cup.
“We have had a formal request from the RFEF to be able to hold new elections in the first four months of 2024 and we are going to authorize it,” he said this Saturday in Valencia after the day organized by LaLiga ‘Fight against piracy in sporting events’, In addition to listing what characteristics the new president must have. “A professional, qualified person, who understands that we are in new times for Spanish sport, but above all that he is elected through a transparent and democratic process,” he stated.
In addition, he denied that anyone had requested the dismissal of Montse Tomé as women’s coach. “The president of the CSD, like the Minister of Culture and Sports or the President of the Government, neither removes nor installs national selectors. At no time in any meeting I was in was there any discussion about the continuity or not of the selector,” he stated.
Regarding the Spanish victory against Sweden, the Secretary of State for Sports was “very happy and happy.” “It was very exciting, it was a challenge. We have a women’s team that has shown us that it is at another level emotionally and football-wise. I have been able to exchange a message with some of them and they have told me that they are calmer. The situation is very normalized, “They are very proud of having won and now they face the second part of the challenge in Córdoba. I will accompany them next Tuesday,” he expressed.
He also believes that the “phenomenon” born from Jenni Hermoso’s complaint “has been global.” “Yesterday we heard an extensive interview from the head of FIFA on the subject; we learned opinions from Gianni Infantino himself on the subject. It is normal that it has spread to other teams, because I am convinced that it is not an exclusively Spanish phenomenon,” indicated.
“This systemic problem that the players talk about is being resolved, which is the important thing. Why wasn’t action taken sooner? Because until I sat down with the players, I didn’t know the reasons that were on the table. In “The moment they told me how they felt and what they thought, action was taken that same night,” he continued.
In this process, that of the dismissals in the RFEF, he recalled that “the footballers have been deeply respectful.” “They know that these are people who have families, who have friends, who have children, and what they have done has been to convey to the RFEF the people and the reasons. We must thank them for having been patient and for acting with respect” , spot.
“The prestige of Spain is above the discredit of some”
On the other hand, he does not believe that the controversy raised will harm Spain in its objective of organizing the 2030 World Cup together with Portugal and Morocco. “The prestige of Spanish football is above the discredit of some. The 2030 World Cup right now has every guarantee of being a success, among other things because we are convinced that we have the best candidacy. Due to the rotating system that “It has FIFA, it would be a World Cup that would take place in the Old Continent, and there is no other candidate to host it,” he explained.
Finally, Francos spoke about the creation of the figure of the independent director and recognizes that there is a lack of regulations to develop it. “There are five regulations that have to develop the Sports Law that we approved at the end of 2022. We are in the process of preparing them. The electoral calendar has distorted the entire process a little, but in the coming months the regulation and we will develop all aspects of the law,” he stressed.
“Among our objectives is to make some modification that retouches some aspects of the law itself. We have to tend to equate gender policy; that is not going to happen overnight, but we have to have inertia towards that path,” ended.