15 players have submitted their resignations to the Spanish Football Federation RFEF and insist they will not return to the lineup as long as Jorge Vilda remains head coach.
News of their demands came late Thursday night and it quickly shook up the Spanish football landscape.
Rather alarmingly, the RFEF released a defiant statement seemingly backing Vilda regardless of public response, revealing that those who resigned could be banned from the national team for five years.
“The Real Federación Española de Fútbol informs that today it has received 15 emails from 15 players of the senior women’s football team, all coincidentally with the same wording, stating that the current situation has caused it. It ‘significantly’ affects their ’emotional condition’ and their ‘health’ and that, ‘as long as it is not reversed’, they will resign from the Spanish national team’, the statement said.
“The RFEF will not allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach and his coaching staff as making those decisions is not within their remit. The Federation will not allow any pressure from any player in taking sports measures These kinds of maneuvers are far from exemplary and outside the values of football and sport and are harmful.
“In accordance with current Spanish law, failure to attend a national team call-up is classified as a very serious offense and may carry penalties of two to five years of disqualification. The RFEF, contrary to the way what these players act on, make it clear that it will not push them to the limit or put them under pressure. It will not directly call out the footballers who do not want to wear the shirt of Spain. The Federation will only have dedicated football players, even if they have youth to play.
“This fact has changed from a sporting issue to a question of dignity. The selection is non-negotiable. It is an unprecedented situation in the history of football, for both men and women, in Spain and worldwide.”
“Spain’s present and future lies in the potential of the lower tiers and of players who have been named U-20 World Champions and U-19 European Champions this summer, in addition to achieving the European U-17 Youth Runner-up. up.
“The national team needs players who are committed to the project, who defend our colors and are proud to wear the Spain shirt.
“The players who have resigned will only return to national team discipline in the future if they accept their mistake and ask for forgiveness.”