Spanish FA criticised by Nottingham Forest over Pinillos clearance delays

Nottingham Forest still haven't received international clearance to play Spanish defender, Daniel Pinillos, following his signing in July.

On Thursday 30th July, Nottingham Forest officially announced the signing of Spanish full-back Daniel Pinillos, after the player impressed during a trial period. However, mid-way through August and the Championship club are awaiting his international clearance.

As yet, the documentation needed from the Spanish FA still hasn't been received. In an official statement via the Nottingham Forest website on Thursday 13th August, the club declared their sense of frustration publicly.

"The club are extremely frustrated with the delay in obtaining international clearance for Daniel Pinillos and is doing everything possible to move this forward.

Nottingham Forest have been in frequent contact with The Football Association who continue to request clearance on the club's behalf from the Spanish FA.

The club will continue to pursue all routes available to obtain clearance as quickly as possible."

22-year-old Pinillos has thus far been unable to feature, missing out on the opening game of the season for Forest at Brighton, plus the League Cup encounter with Wallsall. As such, the club underlined:

"Daniel is ready to play and it is unfair on him, Dougie Freedman and the supporters that through no fault of Nottingham Forest Football Club, he has not been eligible for selection at this point."

At the moment and unless the Spanish FA pull their finger out, Forest are unlikely to have international clearance for Pinillos, before Saturday's match against Rotherham, or possibly even for next Tuesday's encounter with Charlton Athletic.

This isn't the first time the Spanish FA (RFEF) have been criticised for their poor administration. La Liga clubs are regularly at loggerheads with the association, as are the LFP, the governing body for the two top divisions in Spanish professional football.

Indeed, LFP chief Javier Tebas has had a variety of disagreements with RFEF president Angel Maria Villar, who he has frequently insisted should step down from his post, even suggesting it would be "a disaster" were Villar to be re-elected.

In comments recently highlighted by newspaper El Mundo, Tebas offered the view that "it's not good" for Villar to remain as RFEF president, whilst also suggesting the Spanish association needs serious changes, "permitting new ideas" and calling for restructuring.

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