The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has been hailed as a “big brother” to other Spanish sports bodies after the Spanish Sports Council (CSD) announced that it intends to waive its state subsidy for the third year in a row in 2014.
The RFEF last received a grant of around Eur3 million in 2011 and its latest gesture means that it will have turned down around Eur4.9 million it was entitled to for 2012, 2013 and 2014. This funding will now be redistributed to other Spanish sports bodies at a time when smaller organisations are heavily reliant on public funding due to a lack of commercial support amid the Spanish financial crisis.
The RFEF’s decision will have to be approved by its board, but Spain’s Secretary of State for Sport Miguel Cardenal said: “It’s yet another thoughtful gesture from (RFEF president) Angel Villar, whom I again thank personally for the sensitivity he has shown in these times when the rest of the federations need help. Football, in this case the federation, is behaving like a big brother to the other sports and his proposal to the board for a third straight year needs to be brought to the public’s attention.”
The RFEF has enjoyed the financial fruits of the national team’s great success in recent years. The Federation has signed new sponsorship deals with the likes of CEPSA, Grupo Bimbo, Nissan and Cabreiroa over the past year.