SPAIN: LaLiga President Javier Tebas presented the first-ever winners of LaLiga Genuine, the first professional football league for players with intellectual disabilities, with the championship trophy in Vigo.
The inaugural season of LaLiga Genuine, the first professional football league for players with intellectual disabilities, has come to an end in Vigo in northwest Spain. RCD Espanyol were crowned champions on the fourth and final weekend of the campaign, with LaLiga President Javier Tebas on hand to hand over the trophy to the side who won the title with an unbeaten record.
Athletic Club Fundazioa won the LaLiga Genuine Fair Play award, which recognises teams for their on and off-field sportsmanship.
LaLiga Ambassadors Ismael Urzaiz and Milinko Pantic and Fernando Sanz, LaLiga’s General Director for MENA handed out medals to each of the almost 300 participants in front of their families and fans, along with former LaLiga Santander star Ruben de la Red and current Celta Vigo goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez.
Vigo was the fourth round of the season, with previous rounds played in Villarreal (October), Tarragona (January) and Mallorca (April). This season 18 clubs entered teams into LaLiga Genuine, the fruit of LaLiga’s commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness in football and wider society.