Spain football manager 'will not quit' over racism

27th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 January 2005, MADRID-The president of the Spanish Football Federation has denied reports that Luis Aragonés wants to resign as coach of the national side after a disciplinary investigation into his behaviour.

27 January 2005

MADRID-The president of the Spanish Football Federation has denied reports that Luis Aragonés wants to resign as coach of the national side after a disciplinary investigation into his behaviour.

"Luis Aragonés is really enthusiastic about the job, even more so than the day when he started," Angel María Villar told the Cope radio station.

Aragonés landed himself in trouble last October when he referred to the France striker Thierry Henry as a "black shit" when speaking to Henry's Arsenal team-mate José Antonio Reyes during a training session before a World Cup qualifier against Belgium.

The 66-year-old caused further controversy on the eve of November's friendly international against England when he criticised Britain's colonial past.

That game at the Bernabéu was marred by racist abuse and chanting directed at black England players by large sections of the crowd.

On the recommendation of Spain's Anti-Violence Commission the federation opened an investigation into Aragonés's behaviour in December.

He appeared before the judge in charge on Tuesday, and said afterwards: "I am not allowed to give any details about what was said, but all I asked was that he should be as fair as possible with me and that the investigation should be completed quickly."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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