To Don Ramon Calderon Ramos and to whom it many concern:
1- The Real Madrid Supporters who are regular contributors to the website “Fans del Real Madrid” (www.fansdelmadrid.blogspot.com) and many other web sites wish to thank Fabio Capello for the impresive results achieved with Real Madrid. He has turned around a decline which has lasted for years, making the team excell in his workrate, untiring faith and search for victory. We wish to express the gratitude, recognition and affection of many fans to don Fabio.
2- We are disgusted at the campaign aimed at Mr Capello since his arrival in Spain. It has been unjust and mainly based on personal reasons. Even when footballing reasons have been argumented, other teams utilizing very similar tactical systems (like Valencia) have been painted with a totally diferent brush in the media.
3- We reject the idea that football should have an ideology. Football is a diverse sport and can be played in many different ways. We don’t accept the dubious aesthetical criteria used to describe different styles of playing the game.
4- Furthermore, we also reject the idea that Real Madrid has been playing poorly or that the current style is alien to the essence and values of the club. Much to the contrary, the current display of discipline and team work are examples of areas where we have always excelled. The clearest proof is that in the league we´ve not only beaten all of our closest rivals, but have achieved the all time record of points away from home.
5- We wish to ask Don Ramon Calderon, president of Real Madrid, to end this period of uncertainty and the humiliation the architect of our footballing resurrection has been subjected to. We wish to remind Sr. Calderon that in his election manifesto he promised to abide by the strategy of the technical director. The club needs to be ruled by a long term and well structured strategy, not by the constant change of coaches or changes because of a whim.
6- We reject the excessive influence given to a certain sector of the club surroundings which are not necessarily a majority neither correct in their views. We respect the senior members and ex players, but we stress that the club doesn´t belong to them. The current success of the team is not a miracle or due to some sort of spiritual healing session with deceased players. The Internet has shown us a concept of a Real Madrid fan which many wish to forget. The Real Madrid Fan base is international, enthusiastic and young.
7- We also reject the excessive influence of the media on the daily running of the club. We strive for an independent club, able to guide itself, staying away from meaningless controversies and external interests. We ask the club to actively defend itself from the attacks and negative media campaigns the club is constantly subjected to.
For all of the above, we ask Don Ramon Calderon to reflect carefully during the following days and avoid making a historical mistake. We also ask all Real Madrid Fans who feel identified with the points made to sign this petition, with the objective to give the greatest strength to this message we deem of vital importance for the future of our club.
To sign the online petition: http://www.gopetition.com/online/12876.html