The Alconchel Football Club does not remember having played any football match in its five decades of existence in which a similar situation of violence has been caused. “We are totally dismayed by what happened last Sunday in Puebla de Obando,” summarizes Manuel Piñana López, president of the Alconchelero club who has been aware of the day-to-day life of grassroots football in the town for many years.
And it is that in the match of the sixth day played on October 22 at the ‘Cristian Barroso’ municipal soccer field in Puebla de Obando, the violence on the field of play marred what could have been a normal match in which the Alconchel emerged victorious by achieving the tie in the last minute, against an AD Obandina that lost its nerve and in which some local players got the worst of their behavior.
According to the Alconchel Football Club in a statement, most of the match “took place normally, without any altercation beyond the warnings from the referee team to both teams, which are common in any sporting competition, as they were events that did not “They are carried out with the intention of causing harm to opponents.” They refer to the yellow cards shown to 5 players from the home team and 4 from the visitor.
The match began with a clear advantage for Obandina, but Alconchel was closing the gap until in the 90th minute, Alconchelero Jesús González scored the tying goal (3-3), which gave hope of a possible victory in injury time. .
“But the visitor’s euphoria translated into the anger of some Obandina players who demonstrated that they did not deserve to wear the shirt of their local team or participate in any sporting event worth their salt, due to the violence of their behavior,” they report from the Club de Alconchel Football.
According to the referee’s report, to which TODAY Alconchel has had access, in the last minute the local Ismael Melitón was sent off with a red card for grabbing and shaking his shirt in the chest area and “in an aggressive and violent attitude, having to be separated by teammates.
For his part, the Obandino goalkeeper, Raúl Sánchez Barrera, was also sent off with a red card after hitting Roberto Marín, captain of Alconchel, “with excessive use of force,” “causing a bleeding wound on his nose as he fell to the ground.” “, having to be attended to by the visiting team,” according to the minutes.
The aggressor player continued “hitting with excessive force, kicking and punching several opposing players, including player No. 9 and No. 10 of the rival team” (in reference to Fran Núñez and Roberto Marín), according to the referee, “causing a tangana at the end of the match between both teams. It is for this reason that the referee team decided to retire to the locker room, “not being able to observe any further actions by said player,” according to the minutes.
There was another local player expelled, Ricardo J. Rebollo, “for hitting two visiting players with his fist in the face and repeatedly with excessive use, causing him to fall to the ground and not needing medical assistance.”
Alconchel expresses that “the attitude of some managers of the local team at that time was not the most exemplary, sportingly speaking.”
From the Alconchel Football Club they have condemned “any act of violence, even more so that which occurs on a playing field”, but they have also expressed the “equidistance” of the referee, the referee Mr. Eduardo Aznar Posadas, since in their opinion He ended the match by equally sanctioning three other visiting players with a red card: Francisco Núñez, Samuel Torrado and Samuel Pinilla. According to Alconchel, it was several Obandina players who began to attack the Alconchel players, who were forced to defend themselves.
“Seeing the sanctions imposed on “who gives” and “who receives”, it is shown that the referee team has unfairly dismissed the shameful incident that occurred last Sunday on the Puebla de Obando soccer field,” the Club de Obando states in its statement. Alconchel Football.
The referee’s own report reflects that a fight was provoked “between players from both teams”, without going into assessing who started the fight, and stating that they hit each other “without being able to clearly identify any of them.”
According to Alconchel, those expelled from Obandina have been sanctioned, “in a benevolent manner”, for which they have announced that they will demand that the Competition Committee review the sanctions imposed.
According to what they explain, the person who initiated the violent actions, Ismael Melitón, has been suspended for a single game “for intentionally using violent means or procedures that directly threaten the integrity of another player in any game.” For the Alconchel club, “it is not acceptable that whoever used the aggressiveness reflected in the report against an Alconchel player gets away with a simple one-match suspension.”
They also consider “deserved” the 4-game suspension imposed on Ricardo J. Rebollo, “for attacking another player without causing injury.” However, they point out that there are Alconchel players like Samuel Pinilla, who have had to go to the doctor days later due to the rib trauma that he is currently suffering from.
And as for the Obandina goalkeeper, Raúl Sánchez, they consider that there should be more than the 8-game suspension imposed “for attacking another player, causing damage of such severity that it prevents him from continuing on the field of play.” It was Roberto Marín, who already has the appropriate medical reports and has filed the corresponding complaint with the Civil Guard about the events, and is currently on sick leave due to the injuries suffered.
This is why the Alconchel Football Club does not understand or share the criteria followed to impose disproportionate sanctions on Alconchel: Fran Núñez is suspended for 3 games “for attacking another without causing injury, with the mitigating circumstance of being previously attacked” ; and Samuel Pinilla and Samuel Torrado are suspended for 4 games each “for attacking another player without causing injury.” In the end it has been burdensome for Alconchel to act in self-defense… And without taking into account the serious injuries received.
Condemnation of violence
The reality is that a brawl had started in which Marín intervened to separate and defend his Alconchel teammates who were being attacked by several Obandina players. “I wanted to separate and calm down so that the situation between both teams would not worsen and I got the worst of it,” the Alconchel captain summarizes to HOY Alconchel.
And Marín received a knee between his left cheekbone and left eye, as well as a punch to the nose, from which he began to bleed profusely. “My girlfriend, who was in the audience, even had an anxiety attack,” explains sadly Roberto Marín, who had to be transferred to the hospital in Badajoz, where he was diagnosed with a fracture of the bones in his nose, a deviation of the nasal septum and the need to undergo surgery to operate on that fracture.
Roberto Marín has shown his discontent on social networks, stating that he is “psychologically devastated” by what happened, something that he considers “should not happen on any football field or in life in general.” This is why he shows his rejection of violence in sport, because, as he says, “football or any other sport is there to move passions and feelings and never to incite any type of hatred or violence.”
The Board of Directors, the technical-sports team and the team of Alconchel players support their attacked players “without fissures”, especially the captain Roberto Marín and Samuel Pinilla. “From the Alconchel Football Club we will support you in everything necessary to denounce these serious violent acts that should have no place in sport at all levels,” they warn.
The Club has thanked “all the expressions of concern and affection received in recent days from members of other teams in the competition who have echoed what happened, especially to several Obandina fans who are also our friends.” , who have supported us from the first moment.
They have also valued positively that the president of Obandina called the president of Alconchel to be interested, although, they also point out “we miss a public and notorious condemnation of the attitude of some players and managers of their team who, far from preventing the escalation of violence on the field of play, they even dared to question who started the violence due to their “bad losing” and the attacks suffered by the Alconchel players in Puebla de Obando. For now, Obandina has not felt addressed and has limited itself to posting the result of the match on its social networks, without making the slightest mention of what happened.
It is for this reason that the Alconchel Football Club has announced that “it will go to the end defending its players in all instances and so that the Law against violence in sport is complied with in all its extremes, to prevent These types of situations will be repeated in the future.