Fernando, Cesc & David are classy
Fernando Torres, Cesc Fàbregas and David Silva have sent out missives saying that they won’t be at tomorrow’s Príncipe de Asturias awards ceremony.
El Niño did it via his web site, saying, “I would like to thank HRH Don Felipe and the jury for awarding this magnificent recognition to the national team, which fills us with pride. I hope this award will help sports in general and football in particular to continue growing in our country, and I hope that the high level and the great successes our athletes have had in many different sports is maintained. Since it’s impossible for me to attend the ceremony, I would like to transmit my profound gratitude and enthusiasm at receiving this award as a member of the national team.”
Fernando did not receive permission from Liverpool, since he’s in the midst of an intensive recovery program aimed at helping him to recover before Sunday’s game against Blackburn.
Meanwhile, Cesc sent a letter to the Príncipe de Asturias Foundation, saying, “It’s a real honor to play for one’s country and receiving this award is an important recognition. Unfortunately, the commitments of Arsenal will not allow me to be there, but I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to HRH the Prince of Asturias Don Felipe, and Doña Letizia, and of course to their majesties King Don Juan Carlos and Queen Doña Sofía.”
Cesc also thanked his teammates and coaching staff: “without each and every one of you, none of our successes would have been possible. I sincerely hope that we continue to give the country the pride and happiness that we gave them last summer.”
David Silva did the same as Cesc. His letter to the foundation read, “I would really have liked to be there with everyone who formed part of this team when the award is handed out in Oviedo, but the complicated football schedule won’t allow me. From England, I would like to send cordial regards to their royal highnesses the Princes of Asturias, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, and their majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía, and thank them publicly for the support they’ve always given to the national team. I hope that all the attendees, the Asturians and all football fans enjoy this great event, and that the football of the Spanish national team continues to bring a lot of joy.”