|Gibraltar rejected by UEFA
The Unfair European Football Association
|Addressing a meeting of UEFA
Spanish federation president Angel Maria Villar Llona opposed
Gibraltar's admission to UEFA on the grounds that the Spanish
government still claim Gibraltar as theirs.
This is a political problem," Spanish FA president Angel Maria Villar Llona told delegates in an impassioned speech on Friday.
"There has been no solution to the problem since 1713 either because we have bad politicians or because it's a difficult situation to resolve."
The Court of Arbitration for Sport had ruled that Gibraltarís application must be considered in the context of the rules that existed at the time of the application.
At an earlier conference about racism in Sport in Barcelona,
Villar Llona, the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation,
astonished the European football family by downplaying the seriousness
of racism in football.
UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson said, "There are two key elements of the fight against racism, which has to be acknowledged as a serious problem within football and society. First, you have to raise awareness and change people's attitudes. A lot of people don't understand that there is a problem because they don't meet racism in their ordinary daily lives. It's important to make people realise that there is a problem and that they have a role to play in eradicating it."
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