By Chris Wright
While the young people of Spain continue to protest on the streets against the country’s manifest political corruption, Sporting Gijon defender Javi Poves has taken a moral stand – turning his back on the club and quitting football altogether aged 24, after spending too long in direct contact with the game’s grubby underbelly.
Poves told Spanish paper ABC’s website:
“The more you know about football the more you realise it is all about money, that it is rotten and this takes away your enthusiasm. What point is there is earning €800 or €1,000 if you know that you are obtaining it through the suffering of many people.
“I don’t want to become an icon, I am just one more