The Associated Press
Miguel Cardenal, head of the Superior Sports Council, Spain's top sporting body, left, slaps Real Madrid's President Florentino Perez's back after a breakfast sports meeting in a hotel in Madrid,  Spain, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Spanish sports leaders are angry over a European Union probe targeting Real Madrid, Barcelona and five other top Spanish soccer clubs for possibly having received illegal state aid, and claim someone is out to attack Spanish football. Cardenal said Thursday the probe was causing "grave damage " to Spanish soccer's reputation and questioned the motives behind the EU investigation. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was equally annoyed and said he believed "there is a campaign against Spanish football."

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