Fed and LaLiga Tackle Football’s ‘Collejas’ Problem

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga have pledged to investigate a recommendation by Abal Losada, subdelegate of the Government in Pontevedra, to eradicate the negative practice of “hallways of collejas” in football. This initiative is aimed at addressing the concerns raised by the mothers and fathers associations of the province, who have complained about the prevalence of these practices in school environments, particularly on occasions such as graduation ceremonies for students who have completed their Baccalaureate degree.

According to Losada, this problem is not limited to Spain, as he also witnessed similar behaviors during the Spanish national team’s concentration in Germany, where players were seen engaging in these activities during goalkeeper Unai Simon’s birthday celebrations.

The RFEF has committed to preventing behaviors like these from becoming normalized, as athletes, especially footballers, often serve as role models for young people. The association has promised to take the matter seriously and ensure that players set a good example.

LaLiga has pledged to convey Losada’s concerns to all 42 professional football clubs in Spain, as well as to the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) board of directors, to take appropriate measures. In a letter, LaLiga CEO Javier Tebas acknowledged the social importance of football and the significant influence players have on children and adolescents.

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