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Spain vows to block Gibraltar Uefa bid

Published on Oct 2, 2012 11:01 PM

MADRID (AFP) - Spain on Tuesday vowed to use all legal means available to block Gibraltar's bid to join Uefa, after European football's governing body granted provisional entry for the contested British territory.

"We are going to exhaust all legal means," Spanish culture and sports minister Jose Ignacio Wert said on Telemadrid television. "We are reasonably optimistic that this provisional membership will not become definitive."

Uefa's executive committee decided Tuesday to admit Gibraltar's football league as a provisional member, in line with a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

It is due to decide at a congress in London in May whether it will admit the rocky British Mediterranean outpost off the south coast of Spain as a full member, which would allow its teams to take part in European competitions.

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