Malta accuses Spain’s footballers of doping
Malta accuse Spain of doping in the decisive qualifying match for the 1984 European Championship. At that time, the island state lost 1:12 against the Iberians.
Almost 35 years after the “Miracle of Seville”, accusations of doping have been levelled against the Spanish national football team. Opponents Malta, who lost 1:12 in the decisive qualifying match for the 1984 European Championship, accuse the Spanish stars of taking steroids. In addition, the Maltese kickers are said to have been poisoned with lemons.
“The Spaniards’ energy was abnormal. Some had foam at the mouth (…) This happens when one takes steroids. I know that because my brother was a bodybuilder,” said the then striker Silvio Demanuele in the show “Fiebre Maldini” on Spanish TV station Movistar+.
They were offered lemons at halftime (3:1), reported the three players and Malta coach Victor Scerri. Demanuele said that after eating it he felt “drunk as if I had been partying all night”. Scerri asked the team doctor, “Could they have been poisoned?” He had no evidence. But if it were true, “football would be completely finished”.
The game on 21. December 1983 in Seville enjoys an almost mythical reputation in Spain. The Seleccion under coach Miguel Munoz had to win by eleven goals to qualify for the EURO. The decisive goal was scored in the 88th minute. Minute.
The Netherlands suffered more. As a result, there were accusations that Malta had taken bribes. The Maltese association started an investigation, but found no evidence. At the finals in France, Spain later eliminated defending champions Germany in the preliminary round.
Jose Antonio Camacho, then Spanish captain, rejected the accusations: “We never took anything. “When you get old, you get senile – that’s the case with them.”
The Maltese reported that everything had seemed “suspicious” to them since their arrival in Spain. Defender Emanuel Fabri called referee Erkan Göksel (Turkey) “the worst I have seen in my life”.