Fifteen of the 23 Spanish world football champions, the majority on strike since the Rubiales affair, were called up on Monday for the next Nations League matches by new coach Montse Tomé. But the players repeated in a press release their “desire not to be summoned”.
Published on: 09/18/2023 – 23:31
The majority of Spanish internationals, on strike after the Rubiales affair, reaffirmed Monday September 18, a few hours after the announcement of the first list of the new coach Montse Tomé, their “desire not to be summoned”, considering that the Federation was “not in a position to require their presence”.
“What was expressed in our press release last Friday makes clear and without any other possible interpretation our firm desire not to be summoned for justified reasons. These declarations remain fully in force,” we can read in the press release published on (formerly Twitter) by double Ballon d’Or Alexia Putellas.
Fifteen of the 23 Spanish world champions, the majority on strike since the Rubiales affair, were nevertheless called up on Monday for the next League of Nations matches by the new coach Montse Tomé, who left Jenni Hermoso aside for “the protect”.
Total overhaul requested
In total, 39 players including 21 of the 23 Spaniards crowned in Sydney announced Friday in a press release that the conditions were not met for them to play again in the national team and had called for a total overhaul of the Spanish football authorities, not judging not enough was the resignation of former Spanish football boss Luis Rubiales after his forced kiss on Jenni Hermoso and the dismissal of coach Jorge Vilda, whose methods they criticized.
In the press release published Monday evening, and written in the name of the “players of the Spanish women’s first team”, without further details on the signatories, the Spaniards assure that they will “study the possible legal consequences” to which they are exposed ” to make the best decision for (their) future and (their) health”.
Furthermore, they say they believe that their summons was not carried out in the time and form set by Fifa regulations, which would prevent their federation from “requiring their presence” at the planned gathering. “We regret once again that our federation places us in a position that we never wanted to occupy,” they conclude.
La Roja must face Sweden on Friday and Switzerland next week in the Nations League, a qualifying tournament for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. It will play for the first time with a star on its jersey, but without guarantee that it will be worn by those who got it in August.
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