Some 81 players, including all 23 members of the 2023 World Cup winning team, said they will not represent the national team as long as Luis Rubiales is president of the RFEF.
Although Rubiales has resigned, the turmoil continues as female players demand sweeping changes at RFEF.
Responding to the move from the World Cup champions, new coach Montse Tome – who replaced Jorge Vilda, summoned 15 new faces to prepare for the meeting with Sweden in the UEFA Nations League tournament.
Jenni Hermoso, the female player whose lips were locked by the former RFEF president, was not among those summoned. According to RFEF’s explanation, this is a solution to protect Hermoso. But this female player appeared upset.
“Today, a statement was issued saying that the environment within the union would be safe for my colleagues to rejoin, however at the press conference it was announced that they did not summon me as a way to protect me. Protect me from what? And from whom??”
The 33-year-old also said in an impassioned statement: “The players are certain that this is yet another divisive and manipulative strategy aimed at threatening us with economic sanctions and consequences juridical.
“It is more irrefutable proof that even today, nothing has changed.”
It is known that Victor Francos, head of the Spanish government’s national sports agency, said that if they refuse the summons, the players face the risk of being fined up to 30,000 euros and having their license suspended. union license for a period of two to 15 years.
Bao Bao | 15:33 September 19, 2023