There have been fresh political protests about the staging of the 1978 World Cup Championship finals in the Argentine.
There have been fresh political protests about the staging of the 1978 World Cup Championship finals in the Argentine. In Spain, the Madrid Association for Human Rights had called on players, fans and the world's press to boycott the tournament.
SYNOPSIS: Spain has qualified for the championship, to be held in Argentina next June. It is the greatest international event ever for the country, and some 500 million dollars is being lavished to make it a spectacular success.
But already, the fact it is being held in a country ruled by a military regime-the government of Lieutenant General George Videla - has attracted protest from organisations outside Argentina.
This caricature of the Argentina World Cup symbol shows a young player in shackles. At a press conference in Madrid, the city's Association for Human Rights called on players, spectators and the press to boycott the matches. They claim the tournament is being used by the Argentine as a propaganda exercise to whitewash the "harsh repression" of political and human rights in the country. Members of the association explained the reason for the boycott call.
Senor Sanchez Reyes compared the World Cup with the Olympic Games held in Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler.