January 27, 2021

Order to admit an immigrant minor to a soccer club in Tenerife

Players of the Municipal School of Soccer Arafo

Players of the Municipal School of Soccer Arafo

The Deputy of the Common has reported this Thursday that the Superior Sports Council has ordered the Royal Spanish Football Federation to authorize “immediately” the issuance of a sports license in favor of a immigrant minor in a club in Tenerife.

Rafael Yanes, deputy of the Common, has indicated that after that decision the Higher Sports Council has acted ex officio to verify the irregularity of the resolution issued, both in the case of the minor from Tenerife, and in those others in which enrollment has been denied federative of legal resident foreign minors.

The Deputy of the Common had denounced before the Ombudsman of the People of Spain the problems of a foreign minor residing in the Arafo juvenile center to be enrolled in the municipal soccer team.

Rafael Yanes, common deputy, met last June with the Ombudsman, Francisco Fernández Marugán, to raise, among others, the problems that existed for the federation in soccer teams of unaccompanied minors residing in the Canary Islands.

After the resolution, Rafael Yanes has indicated that with it integration is favored full of unaccompanied foreign minors in society.

It explains that the resolution takes into consideration the applicable national and international regulations and the best interests of the minor applicants who must adopt all the aadministrations and public and private entities in the actions and decisions that concern minors.

In relation to the measures taken to avoid discrimination of these minors in the practice of sport, the Higher Sports Council reported that it has estimated the appeals presented in cases similar to this one, based on the second additional provision of Law 19/2007, of July 11, against violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sports, which promotes the elimination by sports entities of obstacles that prevent or hinder the participation in non-professional sports activities of foreigners who are legally in Spain and their families.

It also emphasizes that it is necessary to take into account that the requirements imposed for the federation in sports entities of foreign minors are aimed at the protection of your best interests and the prevention of phenomena such as labor exploitation, trafficking in minors or human trafficking.

It points out that these are circumstances that have no relation whatsoever to the situation in which foreign minors legally resident in Spain find themselves, especially those protected by the Administration.

In accordance with the above, the action initiated has been expanded, requesting information on the steps taken by said bodies with the International Federation of Association Football and the rest of the competent bodies, in order to guarantee the access of foreign minors with legal residence to the practice of federated football.

The Deputy of the Common shall address a recommendation to the General Sports Directorate of the Government of the Canary Islands for the adoption of intervention and control measures of the sports federations of the Canary Islands to avoid discrimination against these minors in the processing of sports licenses.


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