Iker Casillas withdraws application to be Spanish football president

Iker Casillas has been a part of Porto’s coaching staff during his recovery from a heart attack

Spain’s World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas has withdrawn his application for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation.

The former Real Madrid goalkeeper said he was reconsidering his candidacy because of the “exceptional social, economic and health situation that our country is suffering”.

More than 27,000 people with Covid-19 have died in Spain since the outbreak.

“This makes the elections take a back seat,” the 39-year-old said on Twitter.