15 players on the Spanish women’s national team and the federation are in an unusual conflict.
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As many as 15 national team players have sent an e-mail in which they write that the situation in the national team affects their mental health. As long as nothing is done about this, they will withdraw from the national team, says a press release.
According to the Spanish press, there is supposed to be dissatisfaction with coach Jorge Vilda, who has a contract until 2024. Several players want his departure, writes Marca.
– No one has asked me to resign, says Vilda on Cadena Cope. He claims he has a good relationship with all the players.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) hits back hard against the 15 players (see fact box).
“The RFEF is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach and his coaching staff, as making these decisions does not fall within their power. The association will not accept any form of pressure from any players when they adopt sporting measures. These types of maneuvers are far from exemplary and outside the values of football and sport, and are harmful,” the association writes.
“It is an extraordinary situation in the history of football, both male and female, in Spain and throughout the world,” writes the RFEF.
The association also writes that not showing up for the national team when you have been called up can lead to exclusion. They will only allow the players to return to the national team if they ask for forgiveness.
– If we have to play with younger and less experienced players, we will. Because the national team is above everything else, says Ana Álvarez, director of women’s football in the RFEF, to Cadena Ser.
Next summer is the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and the Spaniards are all qualified. Spain’s next international matches are against Sweden on 7 October and the USA on 11 October.