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Madrid Court admits lawsuit by 330 coaches against the RFEF

Jesus Carames

April 18, 2024 | 9:51 a.m.

The Court of First Instance No. 33 of Madrid has accepted for processing a significant lawsuit filed by more than 330 coaches against the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). The lawsuit addresses the violation of fundamental rights specified in article 14 of the Spanish Constitution, focused on denial by the RFEF of the UEFA license to train coaches abroad with academic qualifications from the Ministry of Education, Vocational Training and Sports.

This case, promoted among others by Cenafe and the Association of Transparency and Democracy under the representation of lawyer Antonio Orús Sanclemente, marks a milestone in the historical struggle of this professional group. Orús Sanclemente is known for having achieved in 2019 that another court forced the RFEF to issue a UEFA License to a coach whose training was not carried out under federation auspices.

The basis of the dispute is that coaches trained in recognized academic institutions cannot practice professionally outside of Spain due to the RFEF's restriction on issuing the aforementioned license, which is granted to coaches trained within the federative system. This impediment mainly affects those who receive international job offers, especially in minor leagues or amateur categories.

The situation raises serious questions about the free movement of workers within the European Union and equity in professional recognition. The admission of this lawsuit by the Court opens the door to a possible change in the licensing policies of the RFEF, which could have profound implications for the professional future of many soccer coaches in Spain.

With the summons soon to be received by the RFEF and the inclusion of the Prosecutor's Office in the process, the case promises to be an important turning point in the regulation of Spanish football and the administration of justice in the sports field.

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