Spanish sports court blocks RFEF election in August
The TAD, the highest Spanish sports court authority, has blocked the election for the presidency of the RFEF, the Spanish soccer federation, which was due to take place on 17 August.
The election, in which incumbent Luis Rubiales (pictured) was to have stood unopposed, has now been cancelled as has the entire RFEF electoral process, for administrative reasons.
The TAD asserted that 17 August fell before the end of the official state of alarm in Spain in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, with no corporate elections permitted.
The court has said that the electoral process must be restarted. The elections, including those to elect the 140 representatives of the RFEF general assembly, were first called on 10 June.
The elections to the general assembly were already under way when the call to cancel came.
The RFEF has responded to the TAD ruling with its own statement, saying: “We have been learning about certain administrative information that affects us directly through the media, rather than through the legally established channels.”
The statement also said that throughout the process, “the RFEF has acted in accordance with the regulations duly approved by the CSD (the Spanish National Sports Council).”
The RFEF suggested that over the last few months, “resolutions regarding the federation have been established using completely different criteria to those applied to the rest of Spain’s sports federations."
Before the postponement, Rubiales was on course to be the unopposed candidate as Iker Casillas, the former captain of the Spanish national soccer team, pulled out in mid-June.
Rubiales, 42, and also an ex-player, looked set to earn a new four-year term in office, after first being elected in May 2018 to complete the term of Ángel María Villar, the long-serving leader of the RFEF, who was ousted following a corruption scandal.
During his tenure, Rubiales, the former head of the AFE, the Spanish footballers' association, has been involved in high-profile disputes with LaLiga president Javier Tebas over issues including the staging of Spanish league matches on Mondays and Fridays and proposed regular season games in USA.
However, relations between the federation and the league have been more cordial of late, with the two parties working together to help ensure the resumption of soccer in Spain last month.