Víctor Francos renuncia a su cargo como presidente del Consejo Superior de Deportes en España.

Víctor Francos announced his resignation as president of the Superior Council of Sports yesterday, “for professional reasons”. Francos took office on June 13th at the proposal of the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, to replace José Manuel Franco. The decision has caused surprise because he was recently ratified by the new minister, Pilar Alegría. The six months of his term have been marked by the tsunami unleashed in the Royal Spanish Football Federation following the non-consensual kiss of former president Luis Rubiales to football player Jennifer Hermoso, which ultimately led to the resignation of the Granada leader after being sanctioned by FIFA.

Francos played a fundamental role in the truce established in the women’s national team after the events in the Sydney stadium. He participated in the so-called Olive Pact so that the football players continued to defend Spain while some federative structures were reformed under his premises. Interim president Pedro Rocha was urged to carry out the dismissals of coach Jorge Vilda, federative secretary general Andreu Camps, and integrity director Miguel García Caba.

Francos had to deal with these thorny issues with the caretaker government. Under these conditions, he ordered the preparation of a new ministerial order to regulate elections in sports federations, which will be released in the coming weeks. He included a provision stating that a federation leader who has been sanctioned cannot run in elections. This rule emerged as a result of the government’s inability to directly disqualify Luis Rubiales, considering that he had committed serious offenses during the celebration of the Women’s World Cup won by Spain. The former president of the CSD had his worst moment when the Administrative Court of Sports (TAD) did not consider Rubiales’ kiss to Jennifer Hermoso or his obscene gestures in the box in the presence of Queen Letizia and Infanta Sofía as serious offenses. This prevented the CSD from temporarily suspending Rubiales until the TAD resolved the matter.

The draft of the new ministerial order also outlines the loss of power of the presidents of the territorial federations, who will no longer be automatic members of the assemblies, and a greater inclusion of women in the sports federations’ assemblies. Francos’ last significant move as head of the CSD was to demand Pedro Rocha not to delay the elections for the presidency of Spanish football under the threat of sanctions.

“Due to my will, already expressed to Minister Pilar Alegría, to start new professional challenges, it is time for the Superior Council of Sports to have someone in charge who assumes the new challenges of this institution for the next four years. I have tried to contribute to the development of the public sports policies of this government, the most ambitious in the history of Spanish sports,” wrote Francos in a statement.

He covers news about Atlético de Madrid and the Spanish national team. At EL PAÍS since 2012, he previously worked at Dinamic Multimedia (PcFútbol), As and Público, and as a commentator for international football on Canal+. He collaborates with RAC1 and various international magazines. He holds a degree in Communication Sciences from the European University.

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