Jorge Vilda, from behind, next to Irene Paredes and Patri Guijarro.


The Federation has issued a statement announcing the decision of the players, who three weeks ago had requested the resignation of the coach.

Jorge Vilda, from behind, next to Irene Paredes and Patri Guijarro.Rodrigo JimenezEFE
  • controversy The rupture between Jorge Vilda and the captains: challenge, half-truths and threats

Follow the controversy in Spanish women’s team. The Federation announced this Thursday that fifteen players they have decided give up the selection after confirming the continuity of the national coach, Jorge Vilda. The soccer players have been opposed to the coach continuing in the position and have sent an email to the RFEF. “Coincidentally all the emails with the same wording”, assures the organization of Rubiales it’s a statement.

“They state that the current generated situation affects them ‘significantly’ in their ’emotional state’ and in their ‘health’ and that, ‘as long as it is not reversed’, they resign from the Spanish national team“, summarizes the statement of the Federation.

This comes after at the end of August the captains of the national team led the locker room protest against the current coach, who was asked to resign. Vilda, who has contract until 2024refused, and so did the RFEF, which insisted on its confidence in the technician.

The press conferences of September 1

The players assured at that time that there was no tune between the group and the coaching staff, that the personal treatment was not adequate and that the training methods were not the most current. And the demands of the staff gave way to two surreal press conferencesheld last day September 1st in Las Rosas. “I feel stronger than ever to continue working. But the laws of sport have been transgressed“, denounced Vilda first. “The captains, in representation of the group, have transmitted to Jorge and the Federation the player sentiment“, assured later Irene Paredesfirst captain, along with Patri Pebble and Jenni Beautiful.

“We convey a message of general malaise and each, from now on, must be consistentyou must decide if you want to continue or not”, assured, forceful, Hermoso.

20 days later, fifteen players They have made the decision that the forward was talking about. It is, as this newspaper has been able to confirm, Andrea Pereira, Ainhoa ​​Vicente Moraza, Aitana Bonmat, Amaiur Sarriegi, Sandra Paos, Lola Gallardo, Laia Aleixandri, Mapi León, Leila Ouahabi, Ona Battle, Patri Guijarro, Luca García, Mariona Caldentey , Claudia Pina and Nerea Eizagirre. Most are from the young core of the absolute and the bara (Paos, Bonmat, Guijarro, Len, Caldentey and Pina), there is no none from Real Madrid and they are not veterans like Paredes, Hermoso or Alexia Putellascurrent Ballon d’Or.

“The RFEF is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach and his coaching staff. He will not admit any type of pressure from any player at the time of adopting measures in the sports field”, assures the Federation in the note distributed tonight, and warns of the “very serious infraction” that they are committing. “In accordance with current Spanish legislation, Failure to attend a national team call is classified as a very serious offense 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 it will not take them to this extreme or pressure them. Directly, not to summon the soccer players who do not want to wear the Spain shirt”.

The Federation, which warns that it could even “play with youth“if necessary (Spain has won the U-20 World Cup and the U-19 European Championship this summer), he admits that it is “an unprecedented situation in the history of football, both male and female, in Spain and worldwide”. footballers who have submitted their resignation They will only return in the future to the discipline of the selection if they assume their mistake and ask for forgiveness.


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J. A. Allen

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