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La Liga - Reina: Racism 'not problem' in Spain
Eurosport - Wed, 22 Oct 10:08:00 2008
Liverpool's Jose Reina claims there is no problem with racism in Spain as the Reds prepare to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
The clash at the Vicente Calderon stadium had looked set to be played at least 300 kilometres away from Madrid after UEFA hit Atletico with a stadium ban and fine following incidents during their recent Champions League game with Marseille.
Atletico have appealed against the ruling, allowing the match to take place in Madrid, but the situation has again brought to the fore the topic of racism in Spain.
Among the incidents Atletico have been punished for by UEFA were accusations of racism towards the Marseille players from Atletico fans.
Atletico have been fined previously for racism at the Vicente Calderon, while the news of last week's suspension came just a day after the FA said they did not want to play a planned friendly against Spain in Madrid next year due to incidents that marred their last visit.
During the Spain-England friendly at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium in 2004, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Jermain Defoe and Jermaine Jenas were all abused. The Spanish Football Federation eventually being fined £45,000.
However, Spain international goalkeeper Reina insists there is not a problem with racism in his homeland.
"No not at all. There is no problem, and there has never been a problem," he said.
"I can guarantee that Spain is not a racist country and Madrid is not a racist city."
errrr come on reina surely that's a joke?