Acting minister of the presidency Félix Bolaños on Thursday warned the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and its president Luis Rubiales that if there were no sanctions or resignations for the “macho” behavior in the coming days, the government would “act”. ‘ seen at the celebrations following the women’s World Cup win.
In an intervention before the media from Paris (France), where the minister attended the tributes to “La Nueve” on the occasion of the anniversary of the liberation of the city, Bolaños highlighted the change in the perception of equality and women’s rights that Spanish society had in recent years. “Citizens find it intolerable that macho behavior is occurring. I’m proud of a country that doesn’t tolerate macho behavior and I’m ashamed when it comes to that,” he said.
The Acting Minister of the Presidency referred to the kiss on the mouth Rubiales gave to player Jenni Hermoso during the awards ceremony after the final, or the obscene gestures made by the RFEF President in the stadium box. For this reason, the government hopes that the federation will disqualify its president and, if this is not the case, will act through the Superior Sports Council. “It can’t stay like this,” warned Bolaños.
Bolaños: “The PP will be long this month”
At the same press conference, the President also spoke about the investiture debate that the President of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, will hold on September 26th and 27th, after being proposed by the King as a candidate. For Bolaños, this month will be “very long for the PP” before the debate. “They will spend almost 34 days pretending they can get more support. But their upper limit is 172 votes in favor and 178 against,” warned Bolaños. In this sense, the minister has criticized that the PP will meet with pro-independence supporters to try to break this “ceiling”. “When the PSOE meets with them, it is to break Spain and when they do it, it is for the good of Spain,” he said ironically.
Bolaños has also criticized the PP for raising the possibility that PSOE MPs would break electoral discipline and support Feijóo’s candidacy. “It’s still a very strange approach to a possible investiture when socialist MPs call for treason. They will not succeed, but the PP should make them look into it. This is unacceptable,” he warned. And he also said that the PSOE is still working to “have a full-fledged government as soon as possible”, while the PP is just “working on a repeat of the elections”.