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Real Madrid legend to lead clean-up of scandal-ridden Spanish Football Association

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Vicente del Bosque will lead the selection in Spain. Photo Aykut AKICI / TurkSporFoto / SCANPIX / NTB

Of NTB | 05/01/2024 10:33:56

Sport: The retired 73-year-old has a past as both successful national team manager and Real Madrid coach. He led Spain to the World Cup title in 2010 and European Championship triumph in 2012, while there were two Champions League trophies with Real Madrid.

Now he gets the job of cleaning up the Spanish Football Association.

– I am proud to announce that the person who will lead the committee and represent it … is Vicente del Bosque, Spain’s Minister of Education and Sports Pilar Alegria said when he announced the selection on Tuesday.

– Del Bosque must be the face and represent Spanish football, he continued.

It was last week that Spain’s national sports council (CSD) set up a committee tasked with “monitoring” and helping the football association in the country out of the crisis it is in.

Former president Luis Rubiales stepped down from his leadership post after the much-publicized kissing scandal during the Women’s World Cup last summer. The new president Pedro Rocha, for his part, is under investigation for corruption.

A report from the country’s leading sports court has also concluded that the association made decisions “beyond its mandate” after Rubiales resigned in December last year. This resulted in the creation of the committee that has now been set up.

Both the International Football Association (Fifa) and the European Football Association (Uefa) have expressed “great concern” over the situation in the Spanish association and the Del Bosque-led committee.

The confederations have announced that they will see whether the committee may be in breach of the confederation’s obligation to act independently and without unnecessary government interference.

(© NTB)

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