Real Madrid couldn’t overcome the draw in the Athletic go to (0-0), though these of Zidane ruined the objective of the Basque crew with rather a lot of clear possibilities. What caught the consideration in the stands of the Santiago Bernabéu was the presence of one of the leaders of one of the political forces of Spain.

The political chief of VOX, Santiago Abascal, attended the match between Real Madrid and Athletic to take pleasure in the match. The humorous factor is that he sat in the unique box of the white crew, the place the Real Madrid players aren’t known as. The reality is that Abascal is a pure Real Madrid participant, and he has no affinity for Athletic.

He clarified it in an interview with Model: “I at all times had an affinity for the Spanish nationwide crew. And people who attacked me for going to high school with my nationwide crew uniform in the eighties have been largely followers of Athletic. Since childhood I’ve seen how some golf equipment have develop into political instruments in opposition to Spain and I deeply remorse it. IM eager about him Athletic and Barça. And it's a disgrace as a result of they’ve many followers all through Spain. It is extremely ugly when politics mixes with sport, one thing that I’ve lived in a spot the place that was perceived in a very aggressive method.

He additionally defined his opinion about Athletic signings relating to his philosophy: I’d share it if solely Vizcaínos players performed. Why solely Basque players, together with Navarrese and French, and never the relaxation of Spain? There may be an ethnic and political part that I can’t assume. And even the Real society, who did one thing else. Now I don't understand how it’s, however there have been a number of years in which I solely signed Basque and overseas players, however not Spanish. I don't know if he has modified that coverage anymore. “