Athletic One Of Several Clubs To Not Endorse Javier Tebas Continuing As La Liga President

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RFEF President Luis Rubiales with Athletic President Aitor Elizegi (RFEF)

Javier Tebas will continue as the President of La Liga through December of 2023 after provisionally winning the election unopposed. The announcement from the Electoral Commission was made on Wednesday after Tebas came forward as the only candidate with the necessary guarantees to run and on 23 or 27 December the official presentation will take place.

The presidential election was originally scheduled for October of 2020 but Tebas announced his resignation earlier this month in order for the election to take place sooner. All 42 clubs from Spain’s first and second divisions were given the opportunity to endorse a candidate with 11 endorsements needed as guarantees to officially run for the position. Tebas secured 34 votes of confidence which ensured that he would remain in office.

While Tebas, who has served as president since 2013, has received support from the vast majority of clubs not everyone is in favor of the 57-year-old. According to a report from Alfredo Matilla of AS, Athletic were one of a number of clubs who did not endorse Tebas along with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Celta Vigo, and Real Zaragoza.

There have been many conspiracy theories surrounding the relationship between Javier Tebas and Athletic. Some claim that the president has purposely tried to make things difficult for the Basques as evidenced by poor fixture scheduling. Athletic have played more matches on Monday and Friday nights than any other club over the past few years and just recently played five straight games at the 2:00pm Sunday time slot which is widely considered to be the most difficult fixture time.

Athletic president Aitor Elizegi’s relationship with Spanish Federation president Luis Rubiales has also been noted as a possible point of friction between the club and Tebas. While there is no proof that Tebas has purposely tried to oppose Athletic, the Basque giants refused to give him their support as the president of La Liga.

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