The Spanish women’s national team faced a crisis on Thursday night when 15 players announced they were not ready for qualifying as long as Jorge Vilda remains head coach.
Each player has written to the Spanish Federation (RFEF) confirming that the situation with the coach, which they failed to remove at the end of August, affects their health and emotions and they do not intend to return. come until found a solution
Six Barcelona players were among those who sent the email, along with Manchester United players Ona Batlle and Lucía García and Manchester City players Laia Aleixandri and Leila Ouahabi, captain Irene Parede. and Ballon d’Or winner Alexia. Putellas was not among them. But the injury means the latter team is not ready for the upcoming games in October.
The Federation responded with harsh words. by explaining that this “Unprecedented in football history,” a situation that “goes beyond sport but is a question of dignity” and insists on not succumbing to pressure. This resulted in a ban of between two and five years. but declares that no players involved will be summoned until they “Accept the mistake and apologize” The federation will arrange youth players if necessary.
The letter came three weeks after the riots in which members of the Spanish national team expressed their displeasure with Vilda against President Luis Rubiales. But he refused to step down. The players appeared at the press conference together. which was supported on social media by Putellas, where Paredes confirmed that they She “didn’t ask him to be fired” but admitted that “the captain representing the group has communicated our feelings.” She said they were confident that would change.
Spain meet Ukraine on September 6 on Friday. Emails are sent from Patri Guijarro, Mapi León, Aitana Bonmatí, Mariona Caldentey, Sandra Paños, Andrea Pereira and Clàudia Pina from Barcelona, as well as Batlle, Aleixandri, Ouahabi, Ainhoa Vicente, Lucía García, Lola Gallardo, Amaiur Sarco. Neria Isakir. No Real Madrid players emailed.
The Federation refused to succumb to that pressure. The tone and language of the opponents used in their responses emphasized that reconciliation would be extremely difficult. A statement released late Thursday night confirmed they had received 15 letters indicating that “Accidentally written the same way”
“RFEF will not allow players to question the continuity of the coach. as those decisions are not part of their role,” the statement said. “The federation will not accept any pressure exerted by players when it comes to making sporting decisions. This kind of scheme does not fit the values of football or sport and is damaging.”
“According to Spanish law Not answering a call from the national team is a serious violation. And that could lead to a suspension of between two and five years. [But] RFEF contradicts the behavior of these players. Want to make it clear that the matter will not be taken to such extremes and will not put pressure on the players. It will not call players who do not want to wear the Spanish shirt.
“RFEF will only demand committed players. Even if it means playing with young players. The national team needs players who are committed to the project and protect our colors and are proud to wear the Spanish shirt. Players showing resignation will return in the future if they admit their mistake and apologize.”
Spain are scheduled to play Sweden in Cordoba on October 7. Under Vilda, Spain reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2022, where they lost to England in extra time.