Casillas Withdraws From Spanish Presidency Bid

Casillas Withdraws From Spanish Presidency Bid

Badmus Abdulsobur, Oyo 

Spain World Cup winner and former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Iker Casillas announced the halt of his bid to run for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) due to COVID-19 crisis.

He disclosed this on Monday on his social media handle saying, "I would like to inform you that I have decided not to run for the upcoming RFEF elections."

The 39-year-old said he was pulling out of the race for the top job in Spanish football as a result of the "exceptional social, economic and health situation that our country is facing".

He explained that the Covid-19 outbreak has claimed over 27,000 victims in the country and had relegated the election into "second place".

Casillas, who led Spain to their first World Cup title in 2010, had announced his intention to stand against current RFEF president Luis Rubiales back in February.
His withdrawal now leaves the way clear for Rubiales to gain a second mandate in the election scheduled for August 17.

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