Coach of 'too British' youth footy team in Spain says they were banned from league because other clubs were 'jealous ...
ExclusiveBy Neal Baker3rd February 2018, 6:31 pmUpdated: 4th February 2018, 12:54 am
AN expat football club was banned from competing against local Spanish sides because they were too good, their Brit coach has said.
Matt Gore set up Field Of Dreams FC in Malaga for children of British families who moved to the country.
But he accused local authorities of racism after the club was kicked out of the local league because they were "too British".
Now, the 42-year-old has told how ri vals were "jealous of our success" after coming to dominate local footy just three years after setting up his team in Calahonda.
Mr Gore, originally from Maidenhead, Berks, told The Sun Online: "Last season, three of our four teams - the under-8s, 10s and 12s all topped their leagues. This season, we were kicked out just a week before the first game.
"Officials told me my teams are too good, that I train them too hard. They offered to put us in a different league based 30km away â" it's way too far."
You wouldn't kick Barcelona out of La Liga for being too good
The veteran coach of 20 years added: "They didn't like that we were international team full of expats coming in and winning.
"That's why I feel we're discriminated against. They think, 'Who are these people'. We've been victims of our own success â" but footy is for everybody.
"You wouldn't kick Barcelona out of La Liga for being too good."
Field Of Dreams FC was launched after expat youngsters found it difficult to play footy with local teams.
Now kids from the UK, Ireland, Europe, Russia - and Spanish children - play for Matt's team.
But they were given the boot days before they were due to start playing in the Municipal Schools League at the start of the season in November.
Earlier, Matt had said: "Racism is a very powerful word and the reality of being an expat in Spain is no different.
"We are basically being discriminated against, while all we want to do is play football.&quo t;
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Jesus Moreno, spokesman for the local council, said other teams had also been removed from the school league and that Field Of Dreams was not singled out.
He added: "For now it is impossible for Field Of Dreams or any other external team to enter the league of the Escuela Municipal de Futbol."
Dad-of-one Matt, a former first- team coach for Maidenhead United, now hopes to set up his own league for the 80 kids in his teams to compete in.
He said: "Football should be for everybody. All I'm interested in is putting a smile on the children's faces.
"I want to meet with the council and put together a new league â" or we'll try to start our own league with like-minded clubs."John Barnes get his revenge on Ann Widdecombe and Jess Impiazzi for nominating him for eviction with a difficult football task
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