The Spanish team surprisingly were doing a lot more than eating milk and cookies while playing a Fifa tournament after their Confederations Cup victory over Uruguay. According to a report in Brazil, security cameras from the Hotel Golden Tulip Recife Palace revealed numerous women entering players’ rooms, where members of La Roja had hired a band and were drinking beer and cocktails.
When the band were finished at around 1 am, five members of the team and one member of the technical staff brought a group of women to another room and began playing strip poker. After the women left the next morning the players realised they were short €1,000 as well as their dignity.
This story contradicts the original robbery claim, leaked to a Spanish newspaper and confirmed by FIFA, that six players simply had money and possessions taken from their rooms. Apparently after reviewing the footage, officials at the Hotel Golden Tulip Recife Palace confronted the Spanish team four days later. Their security chief, Raul Jimenez, and relationship manager of the Hotel Golden Tulip, Eduardo Barbosa, struck a
cover-up truce and agreed to deny the incident. Yet despite this, Brazil’s Secretary of Social Defense has asked the Tourism Police to launch an investigation into the incident.