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Spain's La Liga Wants Powers To Shut Stadiums And Ban Supporters Over Racism – Olive Press News Spain




THE LA LIGA president says racism in top-flight Spanish football could be cut within six months if it was granted enough power to take action.

Javier Tebas made the claim on Thursday in the wake of Sunday’s racist abuse hurled by Valencia fans against the Real Madrid striker Vinicius.

He told the BBC that his hands are tied because all that La Liga can do is to make a complaint to state prosecutors and that it does not have the power to even ban supporters from stadiums.

La Liga has asked the government for permission to close stadiums, ban supporters, and impose fines- a lot of which is already within the remit of the RFEF(Spanish FA).

Valencia have been fined and given a partial stadium closure for five matches by the RFEF, which the club has slammed for being too severe a punishment.

“We could reduce racism a great deal if we had the power and in six or seven months we could say we don’t have racism,” Tebas said.

Tebas has come under fire for his initial lukewarm approach to the incident and apologised to the player on Wednesday after posting social media comments suggesting that the Brazilian player had ‘insulted La Liga’ for complaining about racial harassment in stadiums.

He told a Thursday afternoon news conference that he’s always fought against ‘violence and racism’ since he became La Liga president in 2013.

Tebas added that he had not actually spoken to Vinicius since Sunday and admitted that he was worried about La Liga’s reputation being tarnished.

“We will work to find a solution as football is not racist,” he told reporters.

“We are going to fight against this setback,” Tebas added.


Banco de Alimentos de Segura

Six tonnes of coffee seized in drugs smuggling operation is donated to needy people in Spain’s Murcia




THE Policia Nacional have donated six tonnes of Columbian coffee seized during a drugs bust to a Murcia City food bank.

137 kilos of marijuana with a market value of €2.5 million were placed among the coffee containers with the Netherlands as a final destination.

Six British nationals were arrested in a joint operation with UK authorities, with investigations still continuing in Spain and the UK.

No further details about the detentions were given including where they happened.

Murcia’s Policia Nacional chief, Ignacio del Olmo, said: “The marijuana came from Columbia and was hidden amongst the coffee to hinder the work of sniffer dogs, as well declaring it illegally as a foodstuff.”

He also praised the cooperation with the UK National Crime Agency.

Del Olmo and the government delegate for Murcia, Caridad Rives, handed over the large coffee stash to the Banco de Alimentos de Segura and its president, Jose Garcia Galbis Marin.

The coffee will be distributed to needy local people with some of it being sent out to Ukraine.

“This is a premium product which is really good for us,” said Galbis Marin.

“We normally send out basic food items which does not normally include coffee because it is so expensive,” he added.


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Alicante Province

Police nab drugged up and drunk driver with fake licence on Spain’s Costa Blanca




A MOTORIST had a day to forget when police pulled him over in El Altet- close to Alicante-Elche airport.

The 41-year-old man was spotted by an Elche Policia Local patrol behind the wheel of a car that appeared to be in poor condition.

Officers stopped the vehicle to check it out and saw that the ITV vehicle safety test sticker was out of date.

That was just the start of the driver’s problems as a strong smell of marijuana was detected in his vehicle.

The man was given a breath test which showed him over the limit for alcohol as well as confirming that he had consumed narcotics, with 26 grams of marijuana discovered on him.

The charge list lengthened when the motorist was asked to produce his driving licence and gave police a document from a Balkan country.

The officers suspected that it was a forgery and the driver admitted that he had bought it.

He was arrested and taken to a police station ahead of a court appearance.

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Balearic Islands

Police in Spain’s Barcelona arrest Ibiza robbers who snatched €70,000 watch from tourist




THE POLICIA NACIONAL in Barcelona have arrested two men who stole two high-end watches from tourists in Ibiza.

A holidaymaker filed a complaint last Sunday after he had his €70,000 watch wrenched off him in the Marina Botafoch area of the island.

A man approached from behind and ran off after grabbing the watch and then jumped onto a motorcycle with a rider already waiting for him.

Police discovered that a similar incident happened the previous day but the victim did not report the incident.

In that case, he was inside his convertible vehicle parked in Marina Botafoch and had a similar brand of watch snatched off him.

Stolen Watches

Officers identified the two robbers and they were arrested in the port area of Barcelona and both stolen watches were recovered.

The men have been charged with two counts of robbery with violence.


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