Soccer.- Franco: “If we demonize soccer we can kill the ‘goose that lays the golden eggs'”

“De la Fuente must be given time, we must ask him to qualify for the Eurocup and we are going to qualify,” said the president of the CSD


The president of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), José Manuel Franco, confessed that “these are not happy days” for Spanish football due to the ‘Negreira case’, but he invited not to “demonize” it because it could run the risk of “killing to the ‘goose that lays the golden eggs'” which, with its income, supports many other sports.

“These are not happy days for Spanish football, but we cannot insult it. If we demonize football we can ‘kill’ the ‘goose that lays the golden eggs’ because it provides financial resources for other sports. I hope this episode clears up as soon as possible. I am convinced that the Barça fans themselves are looking forward to it,” he said at the presentation of the thirteenth edition of the Vicente del Bosque Football Academy at the Work Café Santander de Recoletos in Madrid.

Regarding the game of the Spanish soccer team and the defeat this Tuesday against Scotland in the second qualifying match for the Eurocup in Germany 2024, José Manuel Franco indicated that “not everything is as beautiful as the day in Norway nor as catastrophic” for the stumble in Glasgow. “I trust Luis de la Fuente. You have to give him time and what you have to ask him is the classification, and we are going to qualify,” he said.

On the other hand, he pointed out that a call must be made to “search among all” the best for football in the tense relationship between LaLiga and the RFEF. “The parties that are at odds deserve a truce and row together so that Spanish football is very powerful. You still have to see the need to change something because we run the risk that young people can ‘disengage’ from football and, sometimes , these small changes help people to follow football in a massive way”, he suggested.

Regarding his favorite to win the Champions League, the Secretary of State for Sport stressed that “nothing is impossible” for Real Madrid as was verified in the 2021-22 academic year. “Naples have a very well-made team, but the number one favorite is Real Madrid. To win a ‘Champions’ you have to play several finals. Tradition is essential and, after last year, nothing can be ruled out”, he valued.