The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has slammed “a series of slanderous rumours” that have emerged after some of their players had money stolen from their hotel room in Recife, during the Confederations Cup last week.
Reports emerged that six players, including Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, had been robbed after playing a booze-fuelled game of strip poker with women in their hotel room, after their match against Uruguay.
The allegations were made by Brazilian newspaper Globesporte, in an article titled ‘Sex, Lies and Videotape.’
But the RFEF is adamant that the theft was simply petty crime, and that no indiscretions on the part of the players were to blame.
"Six of the national team players were the subject of a robbery at the team hotel in Recife during the course of the Spain-Uruguay match at the Confederations Cup. That fact was reported in due course to the Brazilian police," the Spanish football authority said in a statement.
"The complaint does not constitute an attack against the organising committee or against Fifa, much less against a country like Brazil, which has received the Spanish national team with open arms. Such circumstances could have happened anywhere in the world, including Spain.
"Since then, a series of slanderous rumours have been spread about our players, which the RFEF completely rejects because they damage the honour of their players, their families and friends.
"They have caused the indignation of the federation because they are only intended to harm the good name of the Spanish team players, who for many years have proven themselves with hard work, professionalism and exemplary conduct.”
Pique, one of the players named in the article, followed the party line that the allegations would not derail La Furia Roja’s bid to win their first Confederations Cup.
“Lies are always found out in the end," Pique told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.
"I don't think they are doing it to destabilise us, they had to look for an excuse."