The Atlético de Madrid has shown this Thursday its "firmer repudiation" before the published information about presumed sexual abuse by the Marianist friar Manuel Briñas, former head of the rojiblanca quarry, and has confirmed that he has opened an internal investigation "to rule out the existence of any such event" during the years in which he was linked to the club.
The newspaper 'El País' reported Wednesday that Briñas, 88 years old and known for his work for the Atlético youth academy from his position as sports manager at the Marianista Hermanos Amorós School, had admitted to sexually abusing a minor at that time, accompanied by his testimony. A day later, the newspaper has released four more testimonies of children that they would also have suffered abuse from the friar.
"We strongly condemn this type of behavior and we show our strongest repudiation in the face of such serious events," Atlético de Madrid said Thursday, "shocked because during the years in which Manuel Briñas has been linked" to his quarry "has never existed the slightest suspicion about his figure, but quite the opposite, since he has been publicly perceived as someone very respected inside and outside Atlético. "
The club that presides over Enrique Cerezo has confirmed that, "once known the denounced facts", Manuel Briñas had rescinded on Wednesday "his link" with the entity, and that he had started this same day "an internal investigation through his Compliance Department to rule out the existence of any such event during the years" that the religious was working for her.
In addition, Atlético has stressed that "one of the fundamental values on which his Academy is based, as its quarry is known," is the safeguarding of children's rights and the protection of children. "
"Although 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 protocols already existing in the operation of our lower categories in order to perfect them even more to prevent any risk, "he has ruled.
This investigation joins the one opened and this Wednesday by the Province of Spain of the Company of Mary. "The Marianist religious express our stupor and consternation before these facts of which we did not have news until this moment. We strongly condemn any type of abuse to people, and especially sexual abuse of minors. Our educational vocation is in direct opposition to these abuses, contrary to our principles and, therefore, inadmissible under any circumstances, "they stressed in a statement.