Iker Casillas withdraws his candidacy for the Spanish Federation and explains the reasons

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After announcing his candidacy for the presidency of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), a few months ago, Iker Casillas decided to withdraw, explaining the reasons in a press release published on social networks.

Iker Casillas will not be the next president of the Spanish Federation, at least not for the moment. The former Real Madrid goalkeeper said he was reconsidering his candidacy due to the exceptional social, economic, and health conditions plaguing Spain.

“The main reason that led me to make this decision is the exceptional social, economic, and health situation plaguing our country, which means that the elections are relegated to the background. I think now is the time to unite, not divide, because football and society need it, “he wrote, before adding:

“This is not a door that closes for the future, I would like a fair, transparent and truly participatory electoral process, seeking the best for Spanish football and on this occasion, I believe that the conditions do not allow it, j ‘hope that the next elections will allow it, whether it be with me or with other candidates ”.

Casillas’ withdrawal means that outgoing President Luis Rubiales should be re-elected without opposition in August with a four-year term.

Casillas was the only person who showed his willingness to compete with Rubiales for the position at the head of the RFEF when he presented his candidacy in mid-February.

Victim of a heart attack in May 2019 while playing under the colors of FC Porto since 2015, Casillas joined his team’s staff during his convalescence, without formally announcing that he was hanging up on the crampons. He hasn’t played in a game since.