An article in Diario de Cadiz strongly suggests that the Gibraltar – Cuba match, which was scheduled to be played in Marbella, was cancelled as a result of pressure from the Spanish government, and not economic issues as previously believed.
The article, which follows a tweet from national manager Allen Bula, which said that new changes in relations to friendlies in Spain was the reason behind the cancellation, would strongly suggest that it was in fact government pressure that forced the owners of the Marbella Football Center to cancel the match, which would have served as both Gibraltar’s first match since gaining UEFA membership, and for Cuba ideal preparation before the Under 20 World Cup in Turkey.
The news, whilst disappointing if true, can not be seen as too surprising, as it was expected that Spain would not take kindly to Gibraltar playing friendlies in its country. The game was attempted to be moved to Gibraltar, but Cuba’s visa limitations stopped this idea from happening.
As for Gibraltar, they won’t have to wait long for their first UEFA games, as the Under 16’s are in Albania ahead of their development tournament. Gibraltar have a rest day today, and their first game is tomorrow.