Aragones investigated15 December 2004

The Spanish Football Federation has announced that it has finally begun disciplinary proceedings against national coach Luis Aragones. Way back in October 2004, Aragones made racist remarks about Thierry Henry to Jose Antonio Reyes during a training session. Unfortunately for Aragones, the remarks were picked up by a film crew and broadcast. Aragones has flatly refused to accept that the comments were racist and has not apologised to Henry. Initially, the Spanish Football Federation did nothing to reprimand Aragones.

Following the comments, England players warmed up in Kick It Out T-shirts for their friendly match against Spain in Madrid. The game was marred throughout by racist chanting, causing much international condemnation. With the international media focusing upon the high levels of racism within the Spanish game, the authorities have now decided to act. If found guilty, Aragones could now face a large fine or lose his job.