Spanish Football claims Strip Poker Robbery Story is False

by Jeremy Olson

According to Brazilian newspaper Globoesporte, the Spanish National Football Team got a little wild after a 2-1 Confederations Cup win over Uruguay. Globoesporte claimed that several Spanish players and members of the technical staff brought women and alcohol back to their rooms. What ensued was a booze-filled strip poker game that resulted in some of the women staying the night.

Unfortunately, the women were allegedly looking for a little more than just companionship because, when the players awoke, several thousand euros were missing. The Globo newspaper article also mentioned that 6’4″ defenseman Gerard Pique was one of the players who participate in the strip poker game.

Much of Globo’s source for the story came from employees at the Recife, Brazil hotel where the players stayed. According to UK Eurosport, the employees said, “A band was brought in to entertain the players after their 2-1 win, accompanied by a group of women, beer and caipirinhas. The band played until 1 a.m. and then five women joined five players and members of the technical staff for a late-night game of strip poker.”

The Royal Spanish Football Federation is outraged at Globo’s story and claims that their athletes were at a Confederations Cup match when the hotel was robbed. And this is what they reported to the Brazilian police. You can see an excerpt from the Spanish Football Federation response below:

The Royal Spanish Football Federation denies the facts distributed by a Brazilian media that undermine the good name of the Spanish football team and the reputation and professionalism of his players.

Six of the team players were the subject of a robbery at the team hotel in Recife during the course of the match Spain-Uruguay corresponding to the Confederations Cup. That fact was reported in due course to the Brazilian police.