Friday, September 29, 2023

The champions of Spain on strike reaffirm their “desire not to be called up”

They won’t come back. The majority of the Spanish internationals, on strike after the Rubiales affair, reaffirmed this Monday, a few hours after knowing the first list of the new coach Montse Tomé, their “desire not to be called up”, considering that the Federation “is not in a position to require your 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 statements are still valid”, we can read in the press release posted on X (formerly Twitter) for the double Ballon d’Or Alexia Putellas.

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“Make the best decision for (your) future and (your) health”

Fifteen of the 23 Spanish world champions, the majority on strike since the Rubiales affair, were called up on Monday for the next Nations League matches by the new coach Montse Tomé, who left Jenni Hermoso aside for “protection.”

In total, 39 players, including 21 of the 23 Spaniards crowned in Sydney, announced in a press release on Friday that the conditions to return to play for the national team were not met and called for a total reform of the Spanish football authorities. Without judgment. The resignation of former Spanish soccer coach Luis Rubiales after his forced kiss on Jenni Hermoso and the dismissal of coach Jorge Vilda, whose methods they criticized, were not enough.

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In the statement published this Monday afternoon and written on behalf of the “players of the Spanish women’s first team”, without further details about the signatories, the Spanish players assure that they will “study the possible legal consequences” they face. exposed “to make the best decision for (their) future and (their) health.”

An irregular call?

Furthermore, they say they believe that their call was not carried out in the time and manner established by FIFA regulations, which would prevent their federation from “requiring their presence” at the scheduled meeting. “We regret once again that our federation places us in a position that we never wanted to occupy,” they conclude.

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La Roja must face Sweden on Friday and Switzerland next week in the Nations League, a qualifying tournament for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

He will play for the first time with a star on his jersey, but with no guarantee that it will be worn by those who won it in August.

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