Casillas won’t seek presidency of Spanish soccer federation

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              FILE - In this Monday, May 6, 2019 file photo, Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas talks to journalists outside a hospital in Porto, Portugal. Former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas said Monday June 15, 2020, he will not run for president of the Spanish soccer federation. Casillas said the main reason that led him to change his mind was “the exceptional social, economic and health situation that our country is suffering.” (AP Photo/Luis Vieira, File)
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MADRID (AP) — Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas said Monday he will not run for the presidency of the Spanish soccer federation.

Casillas said the main reason that led him to change his mind was “the exceptional social, economic and health situation that our country is suffering.”

“This makes the elections take a back seat,” the 39-year-old former Spain captain said in a statement published on Twitter. “I think it is time to add and not divide.”

Casillas had announced his candidacy in February, saying he wanted to raise the federation to the same level of Spanish soccer, which he called “the best in the world.”

He said his decision does not mean “a closed door for the future.”

“I wanted a fair, transparent and truly participatory electoral process, looking for the best for Spanish football,” he said. “I hope that in the next elections it can happen with me or with other candidates.”

This year’s elections have been set for August.

Luis Rubiales is the current federation president. He took over in 2018.