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Spanish Football Federation Issues Apology for Racist Abuse

The Spanish Football Federation has officially apologized to the Football Association of England for the racist abuse of English players in a match in Spain.

The FA had reported the abuse of its black players to the European governing body UEFA and world body FIFA. In the past, those bodies have heavily fined national associations whose fans use racist epithets.

Jorge Arias, general secretary of the Spanish federation, condemned the behavior of supporters in a letter and emphasized his country's stance against racism.

The issue dominated general newspapers, as well as the sports press Friday. Some believe the situation could affect Madrid's 2012 Olympic bid.

The controversy also comes as Spanish coach Luis Aragones is sparring verbally with English media over racist comments he made about Arsenal striker Thierry Henry of France, who is black.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.