Spain have threatened to sue Malta after the latter suggested La Roja had doped and even drugged them during a Euro 1984 qualifier.
Needing to beat Malta by 11 goals in order to reach the 1984 European Championship finals, Spain scored as many times as they had in their entire qualifying campaign to beat the minnows 12-1.
However, AS picked up quotes from Silvio Demanuele – the scorer of Malta’s only goal – who claimed the Spain players had shown signs of taking performance-enhancing substances.
Furthermore, Victor Scerri – the country’s Coach at the time – went further, indicating his players ‘felt unwell’ after they had consumed lemons offered to them at half-time.
Responding to the declarations on its official website, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) defended the ‘absolute cleanliness’ of ‘one of the most important games in the national team’s history.’
The RFEF also warned ‘it had the right to take legal action of any kind against those who try to smear the good image of Spanish football.’
Spain went on reach the Final of Euro 1984, where they lost to a Michel Platini-inspired France 2-0.
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