Atlético de Madrid has decided this Thursday break their relationship with who for two decades was responsible for their quarry, the Marianist friar Manuel Briñas, after knowing the cases of sexual abuse committed to minors for the religious. The five victims with whom EL PAÍS has spoken so far place the abuses between 1972 and 1985, when they were between 10 and 14 years old, in the offices of the Marianista Hermanos Amorós School in Madrid and in the summer camps that Briñas organized in the Sierra de Gredos. None of these cases occurred in the football club facilities.
In a statement, Atletico is "dismayed". "During the years that Manuel Briñas has been linked to our quarry there has never been the slightest suspicion about his figure, but quite the opposite," the club subscribes.
However, "once the facts reported were known, Manuel Briñas rescinded yesterday [por este miércoles] his link with Atlético de Madrid ", the note continues, adding that the club" initiated an internal investigation yesterday through its Compliance Department to rule out the existence of any such event during the years that it was linked to our club. " "
Atlético also shows his "strong condemnation" for "this type of behavior" and shows the "strongest repudiation in the face of such serious incidents". "One of the fundamental values on which our Academy is based is the safeguarding of the rights of children and the protection of children," the club continues.
"Even though none of the reported facts are related to our club, today, and with the collaboration of our strategic ally Save The Children, we have begun a review of the existing protocols in the operation of our lower categories in order to perfect them yet more to prevent any risk, "the statement concludes.