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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gil Rebuts FIFA Ban

MADRID, Spain -- A war of words has erupted between Atletico Madrid president Jesus Gil and the Spanish soccer authorities, with Gil denying that FIFA hasrecognized a national federation ban on him.

To support its claim that Gil has been suspended for 14 months for "insulting top officials," the federation brandished a document reportedly signed by Sepp Blatter, general secretary of soccer's governing body.

But Gil hit back: "I haven't been suspended. FIFA's disciplinary committee said Monday it wasn't in a position to sanction me."

The federation responded in kind, saying: "Gil can continue to carry out his functions on Mars, Saturn or Uranus if he so pleases."