Civil war in the Spanish women’s football team. Fifteen of its players have decided to give up their status as eligible for the national team in a clear ordeal launched at the Royal Spanish Football Federation and its president, Luis Rubiales.
The reason is none other than to show his rejection of his decision not to dismiss the team’s coach, Jorge Vilda, as he had been asked after the last schisms that had opened in the locker room. The relationship between a large part of the Spanish team and the coach has been completely broken. And now the bomb has exploded.
The response from the RFEF has not been long in coming and has come through a harsh statement after having received up to 15 emails from 15 different players making the same decision: to break with Spain. The confrontation at the moment is total after the enormous rupture that has opened in the dressing room of the national team with the coach.
The reason these players allege for rejecting the call from Spain is that they are not in the best emotional situation to attend the call of a coach they do not want to be with. The mess came to light during the last call of the Selection. Several of the team’s most important players raised their voices and called for the coach’s dismissal.
The RFEF intervened in the conflict and the request to dismiss the technician reached the office of Luis Rubiales. Finally, and after several meetings, the captains and the coach reached a kind of agreement. It was nothing more than placing the battle in the future. They got together and gave a press conference where they conveyed the decision that they were going to play the two games that closed the qualifying group for the 2023 World Cup. And then we would see what would happen.
The consequences of not having reached more points of understanding after that outbreak of mutiny have now occurred. However, there is also a total crisis situation in the locker room and that is that among the signatories of these resignation emails are not, for example, neither the best player in the world Alexia Putellas nor those belonging to the Real Madrid squad.
What this revolt shows is that the war is still open in the women’s team and that the decision of 15 of these players not to continue under Vilda’s orders is irrevocable. A situation that is not shared by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The highest body of Spanish football has always supported Vilda, who has a contract until 2024.
As if that were not enough, he has issued a harsh statement where he flagrantly criticizes the position of these 15 players: The RFEF is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach and his coaching staff, since making those decisions does not fall within of their competencies. The Federation will not admit any type of pressure from any player when adopting sports measures. These types of maneuvers are far from exemplary and outside the values of football and sport and are harmful.”
“In accordance with current Spanish legislation, not attending a national team call is classified as a very serious infraction and can carry sanctions of between two and five years of disqualification. The RFEF, contrary to the way these players act , wants to make it clear that he will not take them to this extreme or put pressure on them.”
“Directly, it will not summon the soccer players who do not want to wear the Spain shirt. The Federation will only have committed soccer players even if it has to play with youth players. This fact has gone from being a sporting issue to a dignity issue. The selection is It is non-negotiable. It is an unprecedented situation in the history of football, both male and female, in Spain and worldwide”.
“The present and future of Spain lies in the potential of the lower categories and of players who this summer have been proclaimed champions of the world under-20 and champions of Europe under-19, in addition to obtaining the sub-championship of Europe under-17 youth. The national team needs players committed to the project, with the defense of our colors and proud to wear the Spain shirt. The soccer players who have submitted their resignation will only return to the discipline of the national team in the future if they accept their mistake and ask for sorry”.
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