In the Allianz Riviera in Nice, Gibraltar set a record. Never before has a team suffered such a large defeat in the UEFA European Championship qualification. While the difference in strength with France is enormous, tension is palpable in the locker room. An unnamed international player spoke out after the humiliation against France.
'There has been a negative atmosphere in the team for several months. Most players no longer want Ribas,' the source told Gibraltar Sports News. 'We feel restricted, and many players are not playing in their usual positions. Some are constantly attacked by Ribas. If we are not released on time by our clubs, he doesn't select us.'
Exerting influence It doesn't end there, as Ribas is also said to want to influence the careers of his players. 'He calls them and advises them to sign with certain clubs. He tells some players that he won't select them because they are too overweight, but not others. Recently, he was involved in a serious case of bullying against one of the players. The situation is untenable.'
It is unclear whether the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) is aware of the allegations. President Ivan Robba has not yet commented.