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RFEF president makes derogatory comment about Atletico Madrid in leaked WhatsApp message



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A recent revelation made by El Confidencial has put the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Luis Rubiales in hot waters. The outlet leaked the WhatsApp messages of the official where he listed Atletico Madrid as one of the teams he dislikes.

In a leaked WhatsApp chat between the official and his father, that dates back to January 2020, the duo listed the La Liga teams that they dislike the most. The conversation began when his father said he dislikes Sevilla and Valencia, to which Rubiales replied,

“For me, in this order, it is Villarreal, Sevilla and Valencia.”

He added, “And the patetico [Atletico], where?”

His father responded by saying, “Not especially. I feel sorry for them because they’re unlucky. I like Gil and I think Cerezo is a bigot.”

It must be noted that the term ‘patetico’ is a derogatory phrase used by the rival fans for Atletico Madrid.

Interestingly enough, it is not the first time Rubiales has found himself amidst massive controversy. Towards the end of the previous season, a series of conversations between him, and Barcelona’s Gerard Pique regarding the Spanish Super Cup were brought to light.

Furthermore, accusations were also made against Rubiales as he allegedly used the RFEF money to sponsor a personal weekend getaway with his team, although the 45-year-old has since denied the claims.

The recent incident involving Villarreal, Sevilla and Valencia has led to the teams demanding an apology from the president. A joint statement made by the clubs read,

“Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal wish to express our joint condemnation of the RFEF president’s contempt towards our clubs. We urge Rubiales to rectify the situation and to apologise publicly to the three clubs and our fans.”

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid



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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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