Spain and France are at each other’s throats after French media outlet Canal+ produced the above video spoofing Rafael Nadal on the show “Les Guignols”.
The video was released just a day after decorated Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador was busted for doping. The central message in the video is that “Spanish athletes. They don’t win by chance” and in it Nadal is shown to fill the gas tank with his urine.
Naturally, the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) has taken offense and will sue Canal+ for their depiction.
“On this occasion intolerable limits have been exceeded and we at the RFET cannot ignore such discredit and slander towards our athletes,” federation president Jose Luis Escanuela told Reuters.
This is not the first time France called foul on Spain. Last fall former French great Yannick Noah raised eyebrows when he suggested Spanish atheletes benefited from a “magic potion”.
Canal+ has since issued an apology and Uncle Toni has downplayed the video while making it clear Rafa is a clean player.
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