VIOLENCE IN FOOTBALL
Ultras crisis meeting put back so FEF chief can watch Madrid
LFP and CSD Sports Council incandescent with rage over Villar's decision to watch Club World Cup and postpone strategy against violence.
The crisis meeting at which it was expected Spain's football authorities would approve an unprecedented raft of measures against the ultra culture surrounding the game has been postponed. The Spanish Football has elected to put off the groundbreaking assembly of the Executive Commission until December 22, but did not issue a reason for the delay. However, FEF president Ángel María Villar is in Morocco watching the Club World Cup, and is also the chairman of the commission.
The Professional Football League and the CSD Higher Sports Council have taken umbrage at the decision and promised to "take all the relevant measures in light of the failure of the FEF to meet its stated commitments, laid out before the LFP and the CSD, and communicated publicly to Spanish society."
Following the fatal street battle between ultra factions Frente Atlético and Riazor Blues, Miguel Cardenal, the president of the CSD, announced on December 4 that the list of measure against violence in Spanish football would be published on Monday.
What has astounded the LFP and the CSD is that Villar himself suggested December 15 as the date to show a united front against violence in football. The timetable has now been pushed back to December 22.
Javier Tebas, the president of the LFP, summed up Villar's vanishing act: "Everything that happens at the federation is abnormal. When dealing with them, you have to get used to abnormality."