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No racism in Spanish football, says its president

VICTIM: The Spanish FA forked out a 20,000 Euro fine after Spain fans racially abused Balotelli during a Euro 2012 match

THE PRESIDENT of the Spanish FA has raised eyebrows by denying racism exists in his country’s game.

Questioned over how racism in Spain compared to English incidents, Angel Villar Llona said: “There is no racism in Spanish football.”

His response is at odds with action taken by Uefa during Euro 2012, when the Spanish FA was found guilty by Uefa’s disciplinary panel of “improper conduct of its fans”, due to their racist chants and behaviour targeted at Italy forward Mario Balotelli.

The Spanish FA was ordered to pay a fine of 20,000 euros.

Furthermore, last year, Barcelona’s Dani Alves came out to say racism in Spanish football is “uncontrollable”.

The attacking right-back said he has had to learn how to live with racial abuse when playing football.

The Brazilian international said: “The clubs and the league try to do some things to stop it. They try to punish the clubs, but it is uncontrollable. It will not go away.”

Also, former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has spoken out about the racism he was subjected to whilst representing the Catalan club.

Villar Llona was pressed further, regarding the infamous incident when the media caught former Spain coach, Luis Aragonés, referring to Thierry Henry as a “black s**t”. Nevertheless, the president insisted racism was not an issue within the Spanish leagues.

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