Spanish officials angry over EU football probe

Spanish sports leaders are angry over a European Union probe

targeting Real Madrid, Barcelona and five other clubs for possibly

having received illegal state aid.

Miguel Cardenal, head of the Superior Sports Council, says the

probe is causing ”grave damage” to Spanish football’s reputation

and questioned the motives behind the EU investigation.

Speaking at a breakfast sports meeting Thursday, he said the EU

was saying ”that state aid is widespread in Spanish football and

this explains the great success our clubs have had, and this is

absolutely false.”

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was equally annoyed and

said he believed ”there is a campaign against Spanish

football.”