Sunday, November 28, 2004

Sabatino Aracu admits plot against Catalonia

The president of the Italian federation of roller sports, general secretary of the FIRS and firm candidate to become the new president of the FIRS, Sabatino Aracu, has admitted in the website of his political party Forza Italia, that he activated a political plot to avoid the recognition of Catalonia as member of the FIRS.
Literally, Aracu states that: "following precise instructions from the President of Italy and according to the suggestions and pressures that other governments have directed towards me in the past months, I activated a plot of international mediation that has determined the vote of the members of the FIRS Executive Committee against Catalonia".
Aracu, proudly adds that: "by doing this I have eliminated the possibility of a dangerous precedent that would have encouraged the nationalism present in Spain and many other countries".


In any other country, these words would be taken very seriously and an immediate resignation would be expected.



Read Aracus' press note:
http://www.forzaitalia.org/gruppo/deputati/leggiComunicati.asp?codiceDeputato=17&news_id=2341

12 comments:

Catalan Librarian said...

Incredible!! People don't realize that fighting against the recognition ot the catalan federation, they are joining forces with the successors of Mussolini in Italy, with Forza Italia and the Fascism. Remember how the Fascism and the Nazism started in Europe. Democratic people of all around the world must pay a lot of attention at all this... and they will see the problem is not Catalonia, but the fascists in Europe.

Anonymous said...

relax boy,is just sport,or not?

Anonymous said...

It was supposed to be sport, but it is clearly everything but it. What happened in Fresno can only be compared with the electoral process in the Ucraine. It is everything but the manifestation of democracy. You do not have to support the recognition of the Catalan or Gibraltarian (to mention only 2) national teams in order to realise that what has happened is an assault on democracy, law and civil as well as private rights. I think our friend the Catalan librarian has the right to express his or her anger.

Anonymous said...

Spain is killing Hockey, the spectacle in FIRS where unvelievable. It was a fascist act.
Hockey never will be olimpic thanks to people like Spanish Federation and the Italian Arcau (from Berlusconi parti).

They don't love hockey, they only think in his bad states and his fascist point of view of the nations.

Thanks Spain and Italy and Portugal. Hockey is dead.

Catalan Librarian said...

Sorry if I sound so angered. I love hockey and others sports (specially rugby and footbal, but I was very angry when I saw the chaos in the Assembly... and after that I was very very worried when I heard the declarations of the Colombian and German representatives about pressures, and after that I am very frightened when a neo-fascist deputy speaks in those terms about a sport question. The problem with Catalonia is we all thought this all was about sport, call us naive, but we thought that. I am a teacher, and I see everyday kids who expected with great illusion the international recognition of his "Senior" clubs. How can I expain them that I lied them... that was not a question of sport, that is not enough to play fair with the sticks, to win the Macau championship... that finally is all about who can play dirtiest... that finally is all about dark politics? When I go to Reus,Amposta, Valls... (some of the towns that have the 800 clubs in Catalonia), and I see the young and the senior players. Perhaps in the high politics all that matter was finally only a "tour de force", but in Catalonia is more about make live an sport that is practically dead in most Spain and Europe. I ask myself how many of the politicians that had broke the illusions of the catalan players and clubs raise their voices against the discrimination of the Hockey in their own countries or televisions.
Sorry to seem too angry, but it hurts.

dfons said...

Some very wise points Catalan librarian.
It is obvious that the whole thing has a political component, the Catalan people support the Catalan national teams and conversely the Spaniards are against them. For the Catalans this would mean a recognition as a nation and for the Spaniards it would mean the dissolution of what they believe their country is.
However, all these politicians who engaged themselves in a dirty plot to avoid the recognition of Catalonia, did so without considering the sportive consequences that this decision would have.
How many little villages and towns in Catalonia have roller hockey as first sport? In a very strong football orientated country, roller hockey has managed to survive over the years with as little as the love and support of some players and supporters who have grown up with hockey.
As I mentioned in some of my previous posts, the reason why hockey is so popular in Catalonia is because it has its roots in the school sport. Some kids start practising hockey at 5-6 years old and this is the first competitive sport in so many schools all over Catalonia.
In my school, Maristes Sant Joan in Barcelona, there was no school football team but there were more than 15 different hockey teams that were playing competitions all over Catalonia. That is what makes roller hockey so popular in our country.
Where else does this happen? Nowhere!
In counties like Osona, el Tarragones el Baix Camp o l'Anoia, roller hockey is just massive. It represents the county, it represents the village, it's a way of life for some people as much as FC Barcelona is in other parts of the country.
This is what so many people have forgotten here...this is what the Spaniards have ignored.
It might have a political component for us the Catalans but the sport side of it is too big to be ignored. However, there is no sport issue for the Spaniards...it was, it has been and it will be only a damm political issue.

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