A FOOTBALL club in Cataluña has sparked a feminist outcry after hiring strippers to celebrate their promotion.
Footage of team members from Club Esportiu Llanca partying with the scantily-dressed women in their changing room surfaced in Spanish media last week.
The club is from Girona Province and team members were celebrating their promotion to the Second Catalan Division.
Club Secretary Franscesc Romero has apologised to Llanca Mayor Pere Vila but said his mistake lay in not asking the town council for permission to hire the strippers.
Strippers were an ‘original’ way of celebrating the club’s promotion, Romero added.
Pictures and footage showed the women dancing on the changing room floor while players gather around and cheer them on.
The club has since issued a statement on social media which said it was sorry for the ‘error’ and that it supported tolerance, respect and equality.
Comunicat del Club davant la situació produïda el passat dissabte. pic.twitter.com/8hmlXrWKV0
— Club Esportiu Llançà (@CELlanca) May 30, 2019
Cataluña’s Women’s Institute said it has complained to the club and to the region’s football league over the incident.
La presidenta @icdones, Núria Balada, condemna que el primer equip de futbol del @CELlanca recorri a l’ús del cos de les #dones per celebrar el seu ascens a la Segona Divisió catalana. @icdones farà arribar la seva queixa al club esportiu i a la @FCF_CAT https://t.co/PdqABflypA
— Dones (@icdones) May 30, 2019
Institute President Nuria Balada said she condemned the use of the women to celebrate the club’s promotion.