Tuesday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m. That was the gap in the agenda found by the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, the president of the CSD, Irene Lozano, and Fernando Simón, the director of the Center for Coordination of Alerts and Emergencies, to speak by videoconference with the captains of the three most representative teams in the League -Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético-, and also with that of Real Sociedad currently fourth classified . The objective of this talk was to learn first-hand the opinion of the footballers on the return of the championship, delve into the health protocols implemented and thank them for their effort and responsibility, but this was not sufficient reason for the presence of Sergio Ramos, the only captain who missed the appointment.
As ABC has learned, the Government tirelessly pressured the captain of Real Madrid to be present at the videoconference, but Ramos declined the invitation, considering it a laundering format for the Executive . Sergio told the CSD and Health that the telematic talk should be held live and open, so that anyone who wanted to could see it on the spot, but the Government flatly refused to do so, arguing that the talk would only be in private for, a posteriori , send it to the media with the cuts that the Government itself would like to send. Those conditions were not accepted Sergio Ramos despite receiving for more than a week strong and insistent pressure, "day after day and even at odd hours", as pointed out by different people who know first-hand everything what happened on this thorny issue.
Ramos had the intention of transferring to Minister Illa some of the questions that Spanish society is asking at the moment after two and a half months of pandemic and hard confinement, but the CSD and Health In fear of losing the publicity effect of the talk, and also suspicious of what Ramos might ask they rejected from the first moment to make the conference with Sergio's conditions. The captain of Real Madrid wanted this talk to be constructive and serve to solve questions that still do not have a clear answer from the authorities, and not just that it was just a soccer conversation with a photo that at Government will generate a good image for him.
This is the story of a controversy in which Real Madrid was always on the side of its captain, but did not want to lead to confrontation total. For this reason, the club decided that an absolute international with Spain and a footballer of many years in the entity, such as Dani Carvajal should be the one to occupy the place of Ramos, although the reality is that the right-back is also He identified one hundred percent with the position of his captain and was in the talk out of respect for Real Madrid and the other three teams, although as various sources assure this newspaper he went "in that way."