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La Roja denies strip-poker robbery claims


La Roja denies strip-poker robbery claims


The Spanish Football Federation has angrily denied reports in Brazil, accusing national team players of hosting a wild party at their hotel in Recife after their Confederations Cup opener against Uruguay last week.

The reigning world and European champions said six players had money stolen from their rooms following the game, but Brazilian newspaper ‘globoesporte’ reported a different version of events on Monday.

In a story entitled ‘Sex, lies and videotape’, it said the Spain squad had invited a samba band to their hotel to celebrate their win “with music, alcohol and women”. Five players and a staff member then allegedly retired to a hotel room for a private game of strip-poker, and it was only the next morning, when their guests left, that the players noticed the money was missing.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, one of the players named in the article, announced on Tuesday the allegations would not derail La Roja’s bid to claim their first Confederations Cup.

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