The Government’s reasons for letting football return: “It would be positive for our reputation”

An internal document of the Higher Sports Council (CSD) uses political and economic arguments to request the Ministry of Health to return to training.

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The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, during a session of Congress.
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The Higher Sports Council (CSD) is working to get football back as soon as possible, and in recent weeks it has drawn up a protocol entitled “Resumption of professional sports activity”. In the document, of four folios and to which EL MUNDO has had access, the reasons that would make a quick return in the First and Second Divisions are detailed. Sources of the presiding bodyIrene LozanoThey have specified that this Friday only the health protocol of the return has been sent to Health, without dates.

In the letter, the CSD explains the “political benefits” that soccer would have to recover. It would suppose, explains the text, a “normalization of everyday life”. “Playing games again behind closed doors allows them to be broadcast on television,” and this, he says, “contributes to strengthening the collective spirit in the last phase of confinement,” and then to give concrete examples of where the matches would be good to watch: in the environment of families, old people’s homes, juvenile centers and also penitentiary centers.

But these are not the only reasons why the CSD proposes a soon return to football. In political terms, that return would improve the “reputation of Spain”. Why? The text itself explains it: “The two most well-known Spanish brands internationally are Real Madrid and Barcelona[…]. The resumption of the Spanish league (one of the best in the world) would have a positive impact on our reputation, “he explains. Similarly, he says,” devising safe protocols would place us at the forefront of sports health. “

Football, 1.4 of GDP

The CSD also speaks of the fact that high-level athletes (DAN), some 5,000 in Spain and that include First and Second Division players, as well as those of the ACB Basketball League, are a “national good” as representatives of Spain in international competitions. “This has great political relevance,” says the text, because “by resuming their training, we help when they exercise that representation of Spain to do so in better conditions.” After the “political” reasons, the CSD lists the “economic” reasons. Explain that soccer is the1.4% of GDP, which generates185,000 direct and indirect jobsand recognizes that, after the Covid-19 epidemic, there will be no public money for all athletes, so that the “only private collaborator” will be soccer.

Finally, the document proposes three scenarios or phases to the Ministry of Health for that return. In the first one, which would start next Monday, the individual training of the players would be allowed in the sports cities of the teams. TheMay 11in larger groups and the18 or 25of the same month, the normal training sessions, with the whole group (as always). Of course, with the maximum security measures and social distancing, made explicit in the protocol that LaLiga has prepared for this purpose. CSD sources have specified that this is a working document prepared almost a month ago. “I wish those dates, raised at the time, were viable,” they say.

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Jmez: “It is foolish that football can test at its discretion and not the people who risk their lives”

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The Rayo Vallecano technician, in conversation with EL MUNDO, expresses his doubts before the return of the competition, affirms that the situation is still out of control and cries out against the political class.


Paco Jmez, Rayo Vallecano coach.
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“All this we will forget. And we will return to be the stupid and stupid ones of always”. Always raw in his speech, Paco Jmez (Las Palmas, 1970) talks about misinterpreted privileges, and the most devilish side of the industry. His love for football, his fear of the empty grandstand, but also the frivolity with which he tries to advance in the midst of a pandemic. The Rayo Vallecano coach, in his talk with EL MUNDO, raises uncomfortable debates. Always did.

Where does the confinement happen?
I’m in Madrid. Single.
What is your life like now?
[Resopla]. Well you can imagine it. You get up in the morning and you are alone. You lie down, and you’re alone. This has caught us each in one place. My oldest daughter is in her apartment in Madrid. And my wife and my other daughter are in La Corua. Since I became a coach I have not gone with my family from one place to another. I am the one who moves. Thank God we are all well. There are times when I miss someone to talk to. Being able to share things. But it is true that there are moments so hard that I almost prefer to be alone.
What do you miss?
The little details of our life. Going out, walking, running … Of course, working. If you were to ask me now what I wanted to do, of course I would see my family. Give them a kiss. But I miss the little everyday things very much. Being able to go out and hug a friend. The power to go down the street and not be aware of anyone approaching you. Those little things that we had before and that we did not value are now the ones that I miss the most.
And fear?
We are all concerned. Not only for the people who are dying, not only for the health crisis, but for what awaits us later. With this confinement and having stopped the country for so long, we will all have to row, and faster, in order to reduce this distance that we are losing. The consequences are still unpredictable because we still do not know how long we will be in the house. Then it will take a huge effort to put things back where they were. It is not fear, but that concern to know what will happen. We will suffer until we return to normal. I have had a friend who has overcome the disease. But it has cost others their lives. Like Goyo Benito, former Real Madrid footballer, who was my delegate at Rayo Vallecano. Or like Ral Martn Presa’s father[presidente del Rayo], Santiago. It is very rare that with all the people who have fallen you do not know someone close.
Do you think the plans to return to football are frivolous with a death toll every day on the table?
Each one looks to return to normality as soon as possible and in the best way. That said, it is clear that while we continue to have 400, 500, 600, 700 deaths in Spain, thinking about something else other than maintaining health and lowering these levels seems more frivolous to me. That does not mean that you do not begin to foresee possible scenarios for the return, not only to football, but to any job. Within this tragedy, everyone has to think that life goes on. And that sooner or later we will all have to continue working, and start producing so that the economic disaster is as minor as possible. But you have to be very cautious. And very sensitive. Right now we are not in control of the situation. Although someone believes that we can have it, it is not so. And that is reflected in the number of deaths we have daily. Until we regain control we cannot seriously consider having something that resembles what was once our life.
Anything goes to save the football industry?
If it affects health, no. Of course we want to play. Of course we want to end the season. We are willing to go to great lengths, but not at any price. If I know I’m going to risk health, life, of course not to compete. In football we cannot keep the safe distance, we will have to crash, we will sweat …
Is the return to training protocol feasible?
Some things are fine, but others are very difficult to put into practice. I understand that they are sketches. The League and the Federation, I think, develop them to foresee different scenarios. But by many protocols that these entities want to create and send us, in the end, no company, because they are companies, has the power to choose when we will start. It is the health authorities who are going to tell us when we can start and when we cannot.
How about football clubs get access to coronavirus tests when other sectors of the population may need them?
One thing is what you want to do, and another what you do. But we don’t have to be different from anyone. If there are people who need them because their health, their lives are at stake, because their work requires it, it would seem to me much more fair that the tests had them and not football. There were teams that were assigned at the beginning of the pandemic the possibility of testing to see if there were infections. And they rejected them. They said there were people who needed them more. The same thing can happen again. It is sensible and normal. That we can have tests, all that we need, and that there are people who are risking their lives to take care of others, to make our lives better, seems incongruous to me. Foolishness. You have to be very sensitive. If we are criticized for that aspect, they will be right.
The plan seems to be going ahead.
We, due to the risk we have of contact, must know the day we start training that none is infected. That is clear. We are not office workers who are going to be separated, three meters away and with masks. Our profession is completely different. We understand that when we start we must be sure that we are all healthy. Now, it would seem to me a great inequality, a great lack of sensitivity, that we could test at our discretion. In an indiscriminate way and whenever we think it convenient. And that many others who have as much right as we have to have them, could not be provided.
What would happen with a single positive?
It is what you try to avoid. We have to pray everything we know so that no one tests positive. With just one, the mountain will fall on top of us again. And we were left with no margin to continue. What I do know is that now it does not matter to wait two more weeks. You have to start on the right foot. Because the moment there is a contagion, you can’t take it home and start testing everyone again.
Can it be counterproductive to play every 72 hours?
I think we can handle it. If they told me to play a whole season every 72 hours, well, we would be stunned. It is true that we will have to do it in the section of competition that requires the most, because it is where everything is decided. And that the heat will be much more pressing. In addition, we come from a stage of being unemployed. We will need some time to condition the players. The requirement that we will have is maximum. But we accept it and believe that we can carry it forward. It doesn’t seem so far-fetched to me.
What footballers transmit to you?
When we connect, we all go online, I try to expose the situation and transfer the information we have. At a medical, sports and club level, because there are also the famous ERTEs and the attempts to get employees to reduce their salaries. There are many topics. Each one has his vision. But the feeling I have is that they are wanting to start. They want to train, play and end the season. That’s right, as long as it’s done in a controlled situation. And that control does not exist. We are still far away.
And the concentrations?
We are on our way to being confined for two months at home. If now they take us out of here and put us in a hotel … But if we have to, it will be done.
The football will return in silence. With the empty stands.
Football without an audience loses its soul. It is good for people to see it from home, but it is made for those in the field. I had the opportunity to play a game behind closed doors in Veracruz, Mexico, with Cruz Azul. After a few incidents they closed the stadium. It is difficult to describe what he lived there. Tension and pressure collapse. The show, of course, is not the same. We looked at each other and asked ourselves, ‘How do we compete here?’ Playing behind closed doors is an exceptional measure and as such we will have to accept it. But it is clear that football is not going to be the same. And if this lasts over time, football will lose its greatest essence, which is the public, the atmosphere, the applause, the whistles. It is a sport of mere transmission of feeling and emotions. Not only do we enrich ourselves with the harrow, but the harrow is fed by what happens in the field. And that is going to be lost. Soccer is going to lose a good part of its soul and spirit. End up being like a workout. Soccer is for feeling. It will be a feeling of total abandonment.
What impression is the political class making on you in Spain?
I’m very disappointed. I understand that it is a time when nobody is exempt from making mistakes, even more in such a complicated situation. But I still see a political class, and I speak in general, which maintains the same tone of pride. Of arrogance. It seems that they are above good and evil. They do not assume their mistakes, and absolutely nothing happens. It is very difficult to be able to do things well in the face of an avalanche like the one that has come upon us. We all understand that. But what we don’t want is for politicians to treat us as incompetent intellectuals. Let them manipulate us. Fool us. Then they ask us for our trust. But how are we going to give it to him? The greatest atrocities in human history have been made in favor of religious or political ideas. And they still ask us for trust.
Are you referring to the Government? To the opposition?
I am very sorry for the politicians who are worth it, I am sure there are. But the great majority … In Spain we deserve something much better than what we have. I’m not just talking about those in power. I speak of everyone, those above and those below. Those on the left and those on the right. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to step forward, come together, work and fight together. Without political ideals. Without believing one better than the other. But still those on the left continue to think that they are better than those on the right, those on the right believe themselves better than those on the left. They try to keep drawing political money while people die and die. They are giving a disappointing image to all Spaniards. And before everyone. When all this happens, the politicians will regret it. It will take its toll on everyone. Not only to the Government, which is undoubtedly the one making the decisions. I mean everyone. Criticisms that are not constructive do not get us anywhere either. It is time to look for solutions. Of being with people who have lost their jobs, their health, their lives. To help in any way possible. And now is the time to ask for responsibilities. Not only political, but even judicial and criminal.
What do you mean?
There are things that I am seeing very serious. A political decision may be based on error. Nothing happens. But the manipulation, the lie, not reporting what is happening, keeping information from you … That is not only reprehensible politically, but judicially and criminally. The political class has manipulated us and will continue to manipulate us, of course. But it is that politics is that. What are we scared of? Politics is the act of manipulation. Always has been. Manipulating are phenomena. So they are where they are. But to do it when there are thousands of dead and people are risking their lives … You can manipulate people in an electoral period, that promise anything and then give nothing. We are already used to that. But while people die, lose their jobs, and the country gets into a crisis like this, you have to have them square to manipulate and cheat. I hope that someday this will change and criminal responsibilities will be assumed. And let this be the moment.
Now we say a lot that we were happy and did not realize it.
Without a doubt. You, me, the butcher … We had the perfect life. As much as we complain, we are happy. Let’s live in a spectacular country. We were very lucky to have a job, to be able to go outside, to be able to run, to go to the movies … We could do what we wanted with our lives. That is over. Temporarily at least. We were privileged and we did not realize it. It usually happens above all with health. When you’re healthy, you don’t value it. And while you’re happy, you don’t value happiness. We are and will be like that. In the short term, perhaps this will impact us and affect us. But in one, two, three years, we will forget again. We are going to be as stupid and stupid as ever. Immersed in that vorgine that does not allow us to enjoy what we have. And it is a lot.

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This is how four Arsenal players skipped the confinement

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David Luiz, Lacazette, Pep and Xhaka were caught outside their homes. The ‘gunner’ club contacted them to discuss the matter.

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates an Arsenal victory.
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Arsenal players David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicols Pep and Granit Xhaka have skipped the confinement that players are under in England.

Pep was recorded playing soccer with friends in North London, Xhaka and Luiz met in a park and Lacazette was photographed talking to a valet. As reported by Sky Sports, Arsenal has already contacted players to address these incidents.

They are not the first footballers in England to bypass the confinement that the Government has decreed. Jos Mourinho had to apologize after being recorded training with various players in a London park, while Jack Grealish of Aston Villa had an accident with his car after returning from a party.

In addition, these days, Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko, from Tottenham, apologized for posting on Instagram a video of the two training together.

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Cassano: “Real Madrid is my biggest regret. I lost my mind”

“Ronaldo’s objective is to score goals, he does not give a damn about the team or the assists. Messi, on the other hand, makes you grow the whole team and he is my pain”


Antonio Cassano, during his time at Real Madrid.
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The former Italian player Antonio Cassano assured this Wednesday that the biggest regret of his career is “not having taken the opportunity to play for Real Madrid”, where he spent a year and a halfbetween 2006 and 2007, and recognized that it is his fault if he did not succeed in the Madrid team.

“My great regret is not having taken the opportunity to play with 23 years at Real Madrid, the greatest team in history, with the best players in the world, such as Zidane, Ronaldo (Nazario) and others,” said Cassano in an interview to the Italian television “Sky Sport”.

“In Madrid I could play a spot in eleven withRobinho, and also replaced Figo and Owen. That means I was one of the best, but I made a lot of ‘disasters’, “he acknowledged.

After scoring on his debut inCopa del Rey against Real BetisCassano accumulated 17 games in his first six months in Madrid, but lost prominence the following year due to altercations with his compatriot coach Fabio Capello.

“In athletic preparationI lost 16 kilosAnd I scored two goals in the first three games, but then I was left out of the team. I lost my mind and when you disrespect Capello, he leaves you out. Then he gave me another chance, he did a lot for me and I did little for him, “he admitted.

Cassano arrived at Real Madrid in January 2006coming from Romeand he stayed with the Madrid team until the summer of 2007, when he returned to Italy to sign for Sampdoria. His Madrid stage ended with 29 games, four goals, and a Spanish League.

Cristiano and Messi

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a manufactured talent, alsoyou notice it on social networkswhere you see him doing sit-ups with his kids. There is a lot of talk about him, less about Messi. But in football they are two completely different things. CR7 is very strong, but has built talent, “he said in the interview.

“Messi, on the other hand, is Federer, Jordan, Maradona,something we will never see again in life, has immense talent as a gift from nature. I often hear that Messi played with phenomena in Barcelona. I only remember Xavi and Iniesta, then at the beginning there was also Ronaldinho. But Messi also made players like Pedro, Dani Alves, Mascherano and others become champions, “he said.

“He made many players grow with his talent. Ronaldo’s goal is to score goals, he does not give a damn about the team or the assists. Messi, on the other hand, makes you grow the whole team and he is my pain,” he added. 10 ‘del Bara, who gave his name to his second son born seven years ago.

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The misfortune of Jes Rodrguez: Sporting de Portugal returns him to PSG

The former Real Madrid player had been the 21 most used footballer of the Lisbon squad


Jes, during his time in Las Palmas.
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WithJes RodrguezThere is a feeling of a thousand times told story that is not real, they are simply different stories that are cyclically repeated with different elements but with a common denominator in the form of a spiral: each-opportunity of redemption-each. This time, the news is that theSporting of Portugalhas decidedterminate your loan early, so the Canary striker will have to pack once again,leave Lisbonand return to Paris when the health alert allows it.

According to reports’To ball‘, the benchmark sports newspaper in Portugal, Sporting has made this decision after its coach, Rben Amorim (who took over the team in March) showed his preference to stop having both Jes andYannick Bolasie, the only two players on loan from the squad. The Lisbon club returned to training this Monday with measures of distancing and reinforced hygiene and in the first of them, the ex of theReal Madridnor the extreme property of Everton.

The decision made by what is now his club already hints that the transfer has not allowed Jes to relaunch his career. Analysis of the data turns the conclusion into certainty. His time at Jos Alvalade has ended witha single goal in 17 games, the last of them in January. In total, adding all the competitions, it has played745 minutes, being the 21 most used footballer.

This was already thefourth transfer to another club of Jes, who still has one more year of contract with PSG, which in 2016 signed him from Real Madrid for30 million euros. In these four seasons, Jes has only been able to score nine goals, two with the Parisian club, three with Las Palmas, two with Betis and one with Stoke and Sporting. When normality returns, and already facing the next course, Jes will have to find a new club in which to try to relaunch his career, trying to stop the loop in which he has been immersed for already too long.

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This is the quarantine of a Spanish footballer in Turn: “Here you do not see two people on the street, everything is empty”

Turn’s heart has been without a heartbeat for weeks. You don’t see two people on the street. He is empty, tells this newspaper lex Berenguer (Pamplona, ​​1995), who has defended the colors of Torino FC since 2017. The Italian capital of Piedmont was one of the first major airstrips that the coronavirus found in Europe: At first my mother he said to me: ‘Don’t be so bad’. And I answered him: ‘I will get you there. When it comes to you, you will realize it. ‘ Lex would have liked to have failed with his prediction, but since the first major outbreak in the city occurred two months ago, he knew first-hand how serious the matter was. At first we continue training normally. Although we didn’t play games, because in the end they were always postponed. Until one day they told us to stay home. And there he waits (we hope) for the happy pandemic to die down as soon as possible.

Right now football is the least of it. It has passed to a third or fourth plane. The most important thing is the lives of people and, above all, the people who risk theirs to save others. They are the ones who deserve good things. His approach to shoulder was by making a donation toSan Raffaele hospital in Milanand, of course, not leaving home. In the end, soccer players have purchasing power and you have to help people with whatever you can. If it is with money, with money.

His flat is located in the city center. It is large and has a good terrace. In that same block of flats (‘palazzo’ for Italians) residesAndrea Belotti, captain and icon of the club, with whom he has quite a deal. Lex is not alone. He shares with Sofa, his girlfriend, who studies in Italy since before his transfer from Osasuna was made (the Turins team paid just over five million euros), these eternal days of confinement. The company comes in handy, because if I were alone it would pull my hair out. Well, and also with little Len, his dog: We take him out from time to time, although it is not advisable to go out with them much either because it is a bit of a hassle to clean him every time you return home.

Monopoly, Netflix, and the PlayStation (always with their friends), of course, take care of the rest. Also the daily video calls to the family, so necessary when one is away from home. I had never left home. I had always been in Pamplona, ​​with my family, with my parents, my coughs … So the first year I had a bit of a hard time because I was alone and my mother used to come often. Now I am very adapted.

Sirigu’s call

His routine starts at around 10. First of all, a good breakfast with eggs, omelette or sandwich. At around 12, he has to train, following the exercises that the club has sent him. And it ends with about 40 or 50 minutes on a treadmill to maintain physical shape: In the end you are an hour and a half doing sports. It comes in handy because you clear up a bit. From the Torino technical staff they often write to him regularly and the master,Moreno Longo, calls him often, just like the rest of his colleagues: One day a week we make a video call all together and train. It is very good. The president, Urbano Cairo, is always in contact with the captains and it is they who transmit their message to the rest. He likes football a lot, recalls Lex, already accustomed to that strange paradox that there is a majority of Torino FC at Turn and there are more fans of Juventus, Toro’s eternal rival, in the rest of the peninsula.

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Berenguer was encouraged to leave Pamplona an Italian. That summer of 2017, apart from living his last Sanfermines (I have been a few when I was younger. So I have no problem), the name ofSalvatore Sirigu. The transalpine international goalkeeper had been his partner in Osasuna during the second round of the championship. One day he was at home and called me. He tells me that he was going to Torino and tries to convince me to go there with him. That there were good people, that the club is milk … And the truth is that I can’t complain. Until the coronavirus stopped the planet, Lex had signed five goals and three assists in the 24 games of the course (Serie A, Coppa and Europa League) and was only one game away from matching the 84 games he played with Osasuna.

And that Italian football is not easy for a guy in his profile: Here, if you want to catch the ball, you immediately have an uncle behind you who is biting your ear. At the same time, he mentally reviews his last careers, two months ago, on the green ofSan Siro. It was the last game lex played, a lover of Neymar’s exclusive filigree and, also, of the intelligence and versatility of his former teammate Roberto Torres. All of this is now anecdotal. In the end, it’s just football. The important thing now is that we are all well and that we can return to normality as soon as possible.

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Luis Enrique’s harsh criticism of politicians: “I see a regrettable attitude”

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In a digital meeting, the technician praised society’s response to the coronavirus and asked for unity: “No one was prepared.” He assures that he has not voted in the last two elections


Luis Enrique, during training with the national team.
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The national coach, Luis Enrique Martnez, does not usually cut himself off when it comes to discussing any topic. And, of course, neither has it when referring to the coronavirus pandemic. The Asturian praised the behavior of Spanish society and was critical of the political class, after revealing that he has not voted in the last two elections by not identifying with anyone, and said that he now sees “a regrettable attitude in the politicians”.

“We could all complain. I am not continuously on top of the news because they are nothing flattery and the complaint constantly surrounds you. On social networks everyone criticizes all God. I see a regrettable attitude from all the politicians, those who govern and those in opposition. They only think about their interests and not the general interest. It is unfortunate, “he said in a digital meeting.

Luis Enrique hopes that the moment Spain suffers “will serve to change many things” in society andI asked for unity: “Nobody in the world was prepared for this, despite the fact that there were close examples that predicted where we were going to go like Italy.”

“It does not mean that now you have to look for culprits, what you have to do now is row and look for solutions to try to make this pandemic the least harmful for the country and people. Now it is time to look for them and hopefully this will serve to change the idea of ​​those who govern us, because it does not matter who governs and who is the opposition because it is always the same. In the last two elections I did not vote. It is unfortunate because I do not identify with anyone. It is impossible to do so and they will not fulfill what they promise, “he added.

“A horror movie”

In a chat withKiko Garca, technical director of the Tour of Spain, on the Instagram account of La Bicicleta Caf Castelln, Luis Enrique invited to “think positively” to overcome confinement and highlighted the ability of “human beings” for “adaptation”.

“The planet has changed for the better in two months and hopefully this will help the rulers to realize everything we are doing to the planet in pollution and attitudes that do not respect it,” he said.

“Unfortunately, we have to live a horror movie, but I have no doubt that the ability of human beings to adapt is undeniable and we will surely overcome it due to many economic problems we may have. The only important thing is health. I do not stop thinking in those who are suffering in hospitals, those who lose loved ones without saying goodbye and children admitted, “he stressed.

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Play out of necessity | Soccer

Patricia Rodríguez assures that Elche has no other option than to resume competition as soon as possible to stop the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


Elche CF players in a stock image
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Professional football is a company with a heart of steel that understands fewer and fewer feelings. In the midst of the biggest health crisis of the last century, football clubs have a clear priority: to play however, without risks. This has been confirmed this Friday by the CEO of Elche, Patricia Rodríguez. LaLiga’s plans do not contemplate any other scenario than “playing again,” said the Basque leader, who specified that the return to sports activities will be carried out under a strict security protocol.

“We are going to try by all means to play, but the first thing is the health of the players, coaching staff and workers. The protocol will require great efforts because it is focused on ending the competition covering all kinds of risks,” explained the Gipuzkoa, who compared the machinery of soccer with that of other sectors of the business fabric that, despite the pandemic, continue with their productive activity.

“The priority now is to play to minimize the impact of COVID19,” insisted Rodríguez, who currently does not consider playing with the public a priority. “I do not know when it will be possible to play at the open door, because it does not depend on us, but on the Government. I want it to be soon because it will be a sign of normality,” he said.

Future impact

Patricia Rodríguez ventured that the coronavirus crisis and the consequent devastation in the income of the clubs will leave consequences in the future. “It is going to have a great impact on football, as in other sectors. I think that the amounts for transfers will decrease and also the salaries of players and coaches. The salary limits of the clubs for the next season will be reduced and that will affect the squads, “said the CEO, who said she was” calm “about the future of the players who ended their contract on June 30, as she recalled that FIFA will not open the new transfer market until the end of this season.

Despite the fact that the entity has presented a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) for its sports personnel, Rodríguez revealed that Elche has left “the door open” for the staff to “continue talking and negotiating”, whenever it occurs a reduction in salary. In this sense, he explained that if he ended up taking this measure, it was because an agreement could not be reached with the players in the percentage that they should reduce their salary.

“There was a large percentage difference. In the club we have been consistent. Our obligation was to be responsible and that there be no problems for the viability of the club in the medium and long term and to guarantee sustainability and solvency in the future,” argued Rodríguez, who indicated that the entity has worked to “adapt the cost structure to the reduction in income that we are likely to have.” In today’s football, the economy is a basic and non-negotiable premise, as in any other company and sector “, sentenced.

The leader understood the “discomfort” of many of the employees and footballers “because nobody finds it pleasant that their salary is reduced.” “It was a thoughtful decision that is not easy. It is the result of an exceptional situation that requires extraordinary measures,” said the director general, who recalled that ERTE is currently common in many business sectors. And football is already one more.

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The emotional letter Iniesta wrote to Anna, his wife: “How great you were when we lost our son”

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Andrs Iniesta and his partner, Anna, lived a heartbreaking situation after losing the child they were expecting. In the documentary to be broadcast exclusively and for freeRAKUTEN TV, the former Barcelona and international footballer from Spain writes an emotional letter to his wife, which has been exclusively accessed by EL MUNDO.

“Dear Anna, it is very difficult for me to express in a few lines everything that you awaken in me, as a couple, as a woman and as the mother of our children. The first meetings, the trips, the family reunions, the birth of our earthquake, our wedding on that magical day … Butit is especially in the bitter hours where you have shown me that you are special. You are unique, you are brave, you have a huge heart. I thank you for the integrity you have always had, forhow big you were when we got the news that we had lost our son. Not everyone can overcome such delicate situations, Ana, and you did.That didn’t make any better, and since then I think that an angel is with us. And it is only the beginning, because next to you, the best is always to come, “writes the footballer, in a letter read by his wife.

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Interview with Andrs Iniesta: “Money doesn’t matter; we all have the same fears”

Confined to Kobe, he premieres a documentary about his life on RAKUTEN TV. Before, talk to EL MUNDO about everything but football.

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Andrs Iniesta, with his family, at his home in Kobe, Japan.
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On the other side of the phone,Andrs Iniestasounds like always. Or not. Not really. It actually sounds like a parent. He does not speak like a soccer star, one of the largest, perhaps the largest, who still is, in Spain. The voice, timbra, of the footballer, is no longer. Today is a deep voice, of father and husband. Along the path of this mutation, the automatic responses, so typical of the youth of the ball, have also disappeared. The man who scored the goal of an entire country pauses before beginning all answers and speaks slowly. It almost takes time to transcribe it in real time. They are 35 years old, four children and dark tunnels that throughout his life have taught him, he says, many things.

For example, that the impressive apartment on the 25th floor of a building on Rokko Island, an artificial island of Kobe, today its city, is useless if one is “empty inside”. This is stated in a documentary that Rakuten TV will premiere next week exclusively and for free. Before that, Andrs talks to EL MUNDO from one of the rooms in his home whileAnnaand the children (Valeria, Paolo Andrea, Sienaand the baby,Romeo) await you for dinner. As a reminder: Iniesta plays for the Japanese Vissel Kobe, but soccer is a supporting actor hereafter. Not there.

What is confinement like these days in Japan?
At first, with all the precautions, we can live a normal life. In fact, we were training. But since the beginning of April we are all at home. There were two cases of coronavirus in the team, one from a staff member and one fromSakai, a partner, so they sent us all home, also because the League has been delayed, for now, until June. The confinement is not as hard as in Spain, we can go for a walk, with many precautions, and the restaurants, although not all or all the time, are open. It’s getting tougher in Tokyo.
What do yours tell about what happens in Spain?
That they are at home, without leaving, that when they leave they do it one by one, well, the measures that are being taken and a little with the uncertainty that everyone is experiencing. I also follow the news and really live it with anguish and concern about being away.
Why a documentary right now?
The idea has been around for a long time. It was a bit of a book[La jugada de mi vida, publicado en 2016], it’s like it’s the next step. The idea has always been around my mind, and the opportunity occurred. After taking the step of coming here to Japan, of leaving Barcelona, ​​after all the tour, I felt like doing something like that.
The documentary starts with images of him as a family. He could have chosen a professional moment, which has many. Why the family? What is the family for Andrs Iniesta?
It is the base that supports everything. You go out to work and play, but every day you come back from training, from playing, you have won or lost, you have done a good or bad training, you are good or you are bad, you come home. And at home you meet the most important people you have. They are the starting point of everything, they are above anything else in life.
What does Anna, your wife, represent to you?
He is the most important person that I have come across in life, with whom I share everything, my sorrows, my joys, his … We share the treasures of our lives. Anna appeared at a key moment in my life, I have always said it. We are two people with similar values, very strong, we understand each other quite well, and we have grown together as people. It is an honor to be with her. Happiness is hard to find and she makes me happy.
He is seen, in the images, walking with the family, the children on the scooters, they sit in the middle of a square and nobody tells them anything. Is that image real?
It’s real yes, also because Japanese culture is like that, very respectful. You can be with your family sitting on a bench, and have some people 10 meters away, and they do not come to tell you anything until you get up or you gesture to them to come. It is to be thankful.

“I am a person that I like to take care of”

I will tell you three names:Ral Martnez[fisioterapeuta de la seleccin espaola en el Mundial 2010],Emili Ricart [ex fisioterapeuta del Bara, hoy con Andrs en Kobe] andHugo waiter[UtillerooftheSpanishteaminthe2010WorldCuppaintedtheshirtintributeto[utillerodelaseleccinespaolaenelMundial2010pintlacamisetaenhomenajeaDani JarqueAndrs showed after scoring the goal in the final].
With two of them I have a relationship that transcends professionalism, such as Ral and Emili. They have long ceased to be only people in my professional field. And Hugo is an exceptional person, with whom we share difficult and happy moments, and whom I remember with great affection. It was an important link in that shirt.
Especially Ral and Emili, are they like a crutch that has helped you walk in your worst days?
Yes, without a doubt. I am a person who likes to take care of, give value to the people who take care of me, who love me, who care about me. These people are those kinds of people. So, in my life they are as important as anyone else.
Are you aware that you had an enemy?
Enemy is a very strong word, I would say no. Let me think … No, definitely not.
Well, someone with whom I did not end well.
Yes, yes, of course. Within that in the professional world, in that of the teams, we all respect each other and we have that regard for colleagues, obviously there are people with whom I have not empathized or who at a certain moment have realized that you do not want them close of t in any case.

“Barcelona? I missed certain things”

There is a phrase in the documentary, referring to his departure from Barcelona, ​​that attracts attention: In relationships, if you do not speak things, there comes a time when you have no turning back. What does it mean?
I think it is very clear, don’t you think?
Yes, but just in case.
In the context of my departure from the Bara, I think the phrase is very explicit, very real. It is often said that you value things when you have lost them. Well, the important thing is to give value to things when you have them, and that this is reciprocal. But hey, those things happen, and they do it for various reasons. Not because one is better than the other, because one party is to blame or not.
Did you miss some affection from the club?
In my heart, I missed certain things, and in that phrase we are talking about a lot is said. Regardless of that, the decision I made was the one I felt I had to make.
Pep Guardiola calls him a bullfighter and Luis Enrique, Harry Potter. Which of the two do you like best?
Man, they are different things, but both have that part of art, of magic, of saying things with what you do. I’ll take two. They are two of the most important people in my career and I heard them say that’s the hell.
Is it true that the goal of Stamford Bridge changed your life so much? He was already champion of the Champions, champion of Europe …
It was one of the turning points of my life, but it is true that perhaps more externally, more meditatively, of consideration, to see that it was you who had that moment of taking that important step for your club . And that adds up to the recognition of people. It had been years, yes, but that goal gave me a boost.

“Money and fame are useless”

You have been through personal difficulties throughout your life. What use is money, fame, when you put yourself in such difficult situations?
Money and fame are useless, but … you know what happens? That it is difficult for someone who does not have all those things that I have, to understand that I say that money and fame are useless. But it is true that, even if you have everything in the world, if you are empty inside … People, no matter the money, we have the same feelings, the same fears, the same joy … And there we are all cut by the same pattern. Everything else is accessories. Obviously, those of us who have the privileges have to know how to take advantage of them, and be grateful to have them, but the drink he spent was spent as a person, he did not have a better or worse time because he had more or less money.
Growing up away from family has negative aspects, but also positive ones. Or not?
Yes, like everything, it has its good side and its bad side. The fact of separating from my family at 12 years old and the toll that I have paid has been brutal on a mental level, in the negative sense, but on the contrary it has made me mature by force, it has made me have goals and objectives to try to achieve as It was … That has been my life, although obviously, it was all worth it.
What is your contact with the real world? The family? Friends? Newscasts? How do you know about things like unemployment, wages, what things cost …?
It is what I tell you. I live a normal life, with my circumstances, but my relationship with the real world is total, because I try to stay up to date. You have family and friends who are having difficulties like any other person and from my place, I try to help and contribute my grain of sand to people or places that are vulnerable. You also become aware, you realize, of the privileges you have, which I have in this case. As we are seeing with this virus, the solidarity of the people is what in the end will mark everything.

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