Real Madrid deserves to be banned from taking part in next year’s Champions League, as they have not made any efforts to bring together a women’s team, which is what talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham has been advocating. The 13-time Champions League winners have lagged behind many of the top European clubs in terms of the women’s game.
It was in December last year that club president Florentino Perez grandly and proudly declared that eSports would be a key part of the club’s future, along with a proposed Real Madrid theme park which is being built in the Spanish capital. But when queried at the recent club AGM about any chances of creating a women’s team, he chose not to respond at all, following which club officials confirmed that it wasn’t their priority at the moment.
And Durham expressed his disgust at that decision when speaking on Drivetime, insisting that Los Blancos should be heavily penalized for their actions. “The Spanish capital hosted Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona at the weekend, and over 60,000 fans were in attendance,” he explained.
“That tells you how serious the women’s game is starting to be taken over there. Despite that Real Madrid, one of the biggest clubs in world football, continue to ignore the women’s game. Every club in the Premier League has a women’s team, so why don’t they?! The solution is to ban Real Madrid from the Champions League next season. That’s the only way this will get the powers that be at that football club to focus their minds on what’s important.”
He continued: “They’re very keen on things like eSports and getting plans in place for a theme park, but a women’s team isn’t a priority? Tell me how you work that one out. They’ve had proposals from various individuals and they’ve completely ignored them. The fact the club president didn’t even respond to being asked to the prospect of it happening says it all. For Real Madrid not to have a women’s team is totally unacceptable.”
Somebody remind Perez and his cohorts that this s 2019! For a club of Madrid’s resources not to have a women’s team is an utter crime, especially considering how much the women’s game, and women’s sport in general, has improved and become more spectator-friendly in today’s sports landscape. Perhaps the drive to make money and drive up the profits at all costs seems to be clouding the boards better judgments, but one can only hope that they see the light of the day soon enough. Or else, there will be more voices similar to that of Durham, calling for the Spanish giant’s removal from events and for them to be heavily penalized, monetarily or otherwise!
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