Former Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas no longer running for Spanish football federation presidency

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas said Monday he will not run for the presidency of the Spanish football federation.

The Associated Press June 15, 2020 19:07:24 IST
Former Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas no longer running for Spanish football federation presidency

Madrid: Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas said Monday he will not run for the presidency of the Spanish football federation.

Former Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas no longer running for Spanish football federation presidency

File image of former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. AP

Casillas said the main reason that led him to change his mind was “the exceptional social, economic and health situation that our country is suffering.”

“This makes the elections take a back seat," the 39-year-old former Spain captain said in a statement published on Twitter. “I think it is time to add and not divide."

Casillas had announced his candidacy in February, saying he wanted to raise the federation to the same level of Spanish football, which he called “the best in the world.”

He said his decision does not mean “a closed door for the future.”

“I wanted a fair, transparent and truly participatory electoral process, looking for the best for Spanish football," he said. “I hope that in the next elections it can happen with me or with other candidates.”

This year's elections have been set for August.

Luis Rubiales is the current federation president. He took over in 2018.

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