SPAIN: The Spanish Soccer Federation introduced on Friday that the gamers who received the World Cup for Spain are nonetheless declining to take part within the ladies’s nationwide group, simply hours earlier than the brand new coach, Montse Tomé, was scheduled to disclose her inaugural squad.
Tomé will now have to decide on whether or not to pick a distinct lineup for the forthcoming Nations League matches towards Sweden and Switzerland on September 22 and 26 or to proceed calling up the putting gamers.
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The Spanish ladies’s soccer group had restricted alternatives to commemorate their most vital achievement in soccer as a result of the previous president of the federation, Luis Rubiales, sparked controversy by kissing participant Jenni Hermoso on the lips through the awards ceremony in Sydney.
Following the president’s refusal to step down after the kiss incident, the 23 gamers took a stand by declaring they might not signify their nation till the soccer federation underwent substantial reforms and noticed new management.
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Since then, the federation has skilled important turmoil. Initially, Rubiales was suspended by FIFA, and his interim alternative dismissed the unpopular ladies’s nationwide group coach, Jorge Vilda. Ultimately, Rubiales himself resigned as a result of immense strain.
Whereas many anticipated the gamers’ return following these developments, it appears they’re searching for additional modifications, though they haven’t disclosed their particular calls for publicly.
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Final month, the gamers conveyed by their Futrpo union that they might not contemplate returning to signify Spain “if the current management continues” and demanded “actual structural modifications that assist the nationwide group proceed to develop.”
Final 12 months, 15 gamers rebelled, searching for extra “skilled” teaching beneath Vilda. Nonetheless, the federation, beneath Rubiales’ management, firmly supported Vilda, leading to solely three of these gamers finally relenting and being included within the World Cup squad.
Nonetheless, the participant rebellion resulted in refined however notable modifications. The group noticed its employees develop to over 60 members for the journey to Australia and New Zealand, utilise chartered flights for journey, and obtain monetary help to facilitate their households’ presence. Gamers with kids had been afforded devoted time to spend with them.
Since Rubiales, Vilda’s greatest backer, is not within the image, the federation has aligned extra carefully with the gamers throughout this second rise up. In Vilda’s place, the federation appointed Tomé, who previously served as his assistant, because the inaugural feminine coach of Spain’s ladies’s group.
On Wednesday, Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas, a two-time Ballon d’Or winner, mentioned that the gamers’ need sweeping reform.
“We’re asking for modifications so no girl, inside or outdoors of soccer, ought to ever must expertise once more conditions of disparagement, disrespect, or abuse. We want consensus, braveness, and management from the establishments, please. For this reason we won’t cease right here,” mentioned Alexia.
On Friday, Rubiales was testifying earlier than a Spanish choose who’s investigating allegations made by state prosecutors that he engaged in sexual misconduct by kissing Hermoso. Rubiales contends that the kiss was consensual, whereas Hermoso has constantly refuted that declare.
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