Miguel Ángel Ramírez , president of Las Palmas, takes an unexpected step, proposing that the public can access the Gran Canaria Stadium on the return of his team to the Second Division competition, on June 13 against Girona, depending on the new legal scenario resulting from the pacts with the nationalists carried out by Pedro Sánchezto bring out the new alarm state. One of them indicates that it will be the autonomous communities that assume the powers in Phase 3 of the de-escalation and that, in addition, they will have the ability to suppress or modify some measures. The Canary Islands enters Phase 3 on Monday, so Ramírez, after the consultations made, considers that he will receive from the autonomous health authority the authorization for fans to enter in a reduced number.
«If the Canary Islands go to Phase 3 on Monday, which will happen, the competition in health matters is exclusively from the autonomous government and the latter accepts that fans enter my stadium up to a percentage that has yet to be determined, and there nobody has more to do with it. say, neither the League, nor anyone else, ”Ramírez assures EL MUNDO after revealing his contacts with the autonomous government and the Cabildo in UDRadio.
The norm that obliges parties behind closed doors has not changed with respect to the one established in article 41.2 of Order 414/2020, of May 16, published in the Official State Gazette and which dictated flexibility measures in the state of alarm in Phase 2. This, then, would close the option to spectator quotas for other types of public events. However, the recent agreement with the PNV and ERC to carry out the latest state of alarm offers the autonomous communities the ability to "modulate or suppress measures", a legal loophole that opens options, although remote, to Las Palmas and, above all, All in all, it poses a problem as other territories with League teams reach Phase 3 or the new normal before the end of the competition.
«I have consulted with the autonomous government and the League, which is going to help me make the protocol. I will present it to the autonomous health authority. Will you give me the new approval or will you object? If so, I will correct it, ”continues the president of Las Palmas. The League did not want, yesterday, to rule on the position of one of the clubs that make it up, while the Higher Sports Council (CSD) referred to the "criterion that all matches are behind closed doors" and, from there, to the own prudence of the autonomous communities.
Ramírez insists that the League cannot prohibit him from entering the public for health reasons, since he lacks powers. If he decided to do it by another criterion, such as unifying the entire competition, the manager would demand compensation: "If he determines that everyone should play behind closed doors for other reasons than the sanitary ones, very well, that he give me the money to pay him back to subscribers ».
The fact that inequality was generated in the competition because some teams could play with the public and others without the attendance of spectators is not a valid argument for the president of Las Palmas. "Equality? What are we talking about? What budget does Madrid have and what do many of the teams have in Primera ?. I have to go every 15 days to the peninsula, a trip of two and a half hours plus the transfer to the city where we play. Doesn't that place us in an inferior position? If there is an unequal competition, it is the soccer league ”, concludes Ramírez, a leader of daring decisions, as he has already shown in the past. Among the organizations he has addressed is not the CSD, although his idea has left the ball on the roof of the Government. The Royal Decree that must regulate the sixth state of alarm is one of its strengths to close a crack.
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