Luis Rubiales has threatened LaLiga that the Spanish football federation wil assume scheduling responsibilities if the welfare of fans is not considered. The excessive heat fans are having to endure in some of Spain's warmest cities is something unsustainable according to Rubiales and Javier Tebas was not slow logging on to Twitter to offer a response.
"If LaLiga keep their ridiculous schedules, we will take over the competition from 2019-20. It's a shame for fans and football people. You can't play football at these times in more than 30 degree. Heat stroke in the tens. Inexusable. We are fed up at the football federation! Respect football," wrote Rubiales on his Twitter account.
Si @LaLiga mantiene horarios disparatados, recuperaremos la competencia para 19/20. VERGÜENZA para AFICIONADOS y GENTE del FÚTBOL. A más de 30º no se puede jugar a determinadas horas. Golpes de calor por decenas.— Luis Rubiales (@LuisRubiales) 23 de septiembre de 2018
INADMISIBLE. En la @rfef estamos hartos❗️❗️#RespetemosElFutbol pic.twitter.com/CmYhHK27q8
Rubiales made the statement after Levante played Sevilla in Valencia and the heat got as high as 28 degrees with 75% humidity. The message was accompanied by a picture of a woman on the ground suffering from heat stroke.
Tebas response was quick: "Rubiales, my friend, a lot of demagoguery. Today in Aragón with 114,000 people enjoying the sun at the races, without complaints. This August, the kids' Evegrande tournament by RFEF in Las Rozas, 36 degrees. You can't take over what is not yours."
Amigo @LuisRubiales mucha demagogia, hoy en #AragonGP 32° y 114.000 personas al sol disfrutando de las carreras, sin quejas.Por cierto este agosto torneo de niños Evergrande/RFEFen Las Rozas 36°. No se puede recuperar lo que no es de uno. https://t.co/FcNWr0A0HX— Javier Tebas Medrano (@Tebasjavier) 23 de septiembre de 2018
This comes at a time when Tebas is at the center of a number of controversies. Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez has criticised the proposed game in Miami and said they would flat out refuse to play if they were asked. To which, Tebas responded that the game was completely voluntary and whoever goes will go of their own free will.