By James Bryce
SPANISH officials have caused outrage after preventing a Gibraltar hockey team from playing in a televised match at a tournament in Cataluna.
Grammarians Hockey Club were instead forced to play in a different fixture away from the cameras after Spain’s sports ministry ordered the switch.
Organisers also refused to fly the Gibraltar flag at the event, in a case similar to that experienced by a Gibraltar boys football team at a Spanish tournament in 2011.
Officials on the Rock slammed the ‘shameful, heavy-handed interference’ of the Spanish government for allowing politics to interfere with a sporting event.
Sports Minister Steven Linares, said: “The fact is that it would appear that the Spanish Consejo Superior de Deportes fears competition from our sports men and women and will do anything possible to prevent our people’s participation in sporting events.
“Spanish officials should really grow up!”