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Spanish gymnastics coach denies sex abuse

The former head coach of the Spanish female gymnastics team Jesus Carballo has strongly denied claims that he sexually abused one of the gymnasts under his supervision over 30 years ago.

Spanish gymnastics coach denies sex abuse
Carballo has been accused by former Olympic gymnast Gloria Viseras (not pictured) of abusing her between 1977 and 1980 when she was between 12 and 15 years old. Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

Carballo has been accused by former Olympic gymnast Gloria Viseras of abusing her between 1977 and 1980 when she was between 12 and 15 years old.

However, Carballo broke his silence on the matter in a wide ranging interview and open letter with Madrid sports daily Marca on Saturday, where he denied any wrongdoing throughout his nearly 40 years as a gymnastics coach.

"I emphatically deny all the accusations that have been levelled against me," he wrote.

"I am a good man and I know that in the end I will win, but I know it won't mean anything because this damage is irreparable."

A judge threw out the police's preliminary case against Carballo in April as they had passed the legal prescription limit and concluded the police didn't have sufficient evidence.

However, that decision has been appealed by the Spanish sports council.

Carballo claims that if he had been guilty of any such conduct towards Viseras then it would not have taken such a long time to come to light.

"If this was true, it would not have taken 36 years to come to light.

"It is all a lie. Emphatically, a big, fat lie.

"Her parents came to visit her every day; they were friends of mine, I spoke with them.

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Madrid goes bonkers for waffle willies

There is a new food craze in Madrid’s Chueca. It’s sweet, it’s sticky and it’s shaped like a giant penis.

Madrid goes bonkers for waffle willies
The waffles come with differed toppings but white chocolate is the most popular. Photo: La Polleria /Instagram

La Polleria opened just a week ago in Calle Barbieri and already it has people queuing out the door for a taste of its unique product.

Pedro Bauerbaum, the man behind the waffle shop said he is simply astounded at its success.

“It’s totally taken me by surprise,” said the enterprising 24-year-old. “When I got to the shop yesterday there was already a line of 30 people waiting outside.

“We just can’t cope with demand and have already ordered more machines and are hiring more staff.”

But where did he get the idea of creating a waffle shaped like the male organ?

“I don’t know really, it just seemed like something that would work in Chueca” he laughed.

Bauerbaum, who runs Ice Cream & Dreams, a successful ice cream parlour in nearby Malasaña, explained that he was looking for a second business idea when “pollofres” a mix of the word 'polla' (a Spanish slang word for penis) and gofres (Spanish for waffles) popped into his head.

“Ice-cream doesn’t do so well in winter so I thought about waffles, and then found out that the moulds could be made in shape we wanted, and I  just thought, yeah, let’s try it.”

All sorts of people are drawn to his product.

“It isn’t just gays who want them. We have lots of women, hetrosexual couples, even older people have been in,” Bauerbaum said.

“Everyone takes selfies, pictures or videos with them.”

The waffles cost €3.80 plus 50 cents for a sauce topping which comes in Nutella, white chocolate and strawberry flavour.

“The most popular by far is the white chocolate. People like the realism I suppose,” he laughed.

The sweet treats are proving a big hit on Instagram with La Polleria – a pun on the word ‘polla’ which is slang for penis in Spanish and the traditional name for a roast chicken eaterie – attracting a thousand followers within the first 24 hours.

“I always think of business ideas with a strong potential for Instagram and social media. It’s free advertising and in this case it’s working brilliantly,” Bauerbaum admitted.

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