Controversy has abounded around the head coach of the Spanish women’s national team, Jorge Vilda, for a long time.
The controversies, which have been called “VildaGate” in the Spanish press, started as a result of the players’ dissatisfaction with the coach, and eventually went so far that the players demanded that the coach be fired.
Spain was knocked out in the quarter-finals of this summer’s EC, which was far below what was expected. The coach’s response to the criticism afterwards should not have met the players’ expectations.
After the Spanish FA stated that they had no intention of sacking the coach and that they condemned the players’ statements, the players took matters into their own hands, sending emails announcing their withdrawal from the national team.
In the e-mails, the players must have written that the conditions are affecting their emotional state and health, and that they will withdraw from the national team if the conditions are not reversed.
The Spanish Football Federation was scathing in its response. They are adamant that they will not allow players to cast doubt on the coach, claiming that the players’ actions were harmful to the nation and outside of football’s values.
They further write that the players who have withdrawn from the national team will only return to the national team if they accept that they have made a mistake and ask for forgiveness.