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Spain May Be Out Of Wc Russia 2018!!! by sherifastro(m): 08:24 am On 12 Dec 2017
Spain’s participation at the 2018 World Cup in Russia could be under threat after Fifa raised concerns about political interference within the Spanish football federation (RFEF). Soccer's governing
body has warned the RFEF that the Spanish
government's involvement in the election for the
football federation's new president could lead to
them being expelled from next year's World
Cup.
The RFEF is led by Juan Luis Larrea on an
interim basis after former president Angel Maria
Villar was forced to step down on corruption
charges.
"We can confirm that Fifa recently sent a letter
to the RFEF showing its concern with the
situation the federation is in and reminding it
that... all member *ssociations should manage
their affairs independently," Fifa said in a
statement on Friday.
"All *ssociations must be *ssured that there is
no outside interference from third parties in its
internal affairs. Fifa is in contact with the RFEF
and in the next few weeks a delegation of Fifa
and Uefa members will travel to Madrid to
analyse the situation the RFEF is in."
Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that Fifa's
concerns centre around the government's sports
department pushing to hold new federation
elections.
A statement from the RFEF said its president
Larrea had discussed the situation with Fifa
members at the World Cup draw on December
1.
"The RFEF p*ssed on these (Fifa's) concerns to
the minister for sport and is expecting to
organise a meeting on the matter. The RFEF
wants everything to return to normal, that has
always been the main objective of the current
board of directors.
"We underline that we all want the national
team to participate in the 2018 World Cup,
especially after its brilliant qualifying campaign."
Spain captain and Real Madrid defender Sergio
Ramos, speaking ahead of the Club World Cup
final in Abu Dhabi, added: "I cannot believe that
Spain could lose what we have worked so hard
for on the pitch due to an institutional dispute, I
struggle to believe that."
Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy said he
was not concerned by the suggestion his country
would be barred from competing in the World
Cup.
Spain won the World Cup for the first time in
2010 and are one of the favourites to lift the
trophy in Russia next year.
"I cannot contemplate that scenario, I'm
absolutely convinced Spain will go to the World
Cup and that we are going to win it," Rajoy told
reporters in Brussels after a meeting of
European Union member states.
"The government's behaviour is exemplary and
those in charge of the department for sport
(CSD) have the total support of the prime
minister."
In 2015 Indonesia were banned from competing
in qualifiers for next year's World Cup after Fifa
said the central government had taken over its
federation's affairs.

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