Madrid (EFE).- A total of fifteen international players have informed the Royal Spanish Football Federation of their resignation from the women’s team due to their refusal to remove the current coach, Jorge Vilda, from his post.

The RFEF itself reports in a statement that “it has received 15 emails from 15 players of the women’s football team, coincidentally all with the same wording, in which they state that the current situation generated affects them” importantly “in their ’emotional state’ and in their ‘health’ and that, ‘until it is reversed’, they resign from the Spanish national team”.

Spanish women's football coach Jorge Vilda
Spanish football coach Jorge Vilda in a file image. EFE / Juanjo Martin

“The RFEF will not allow players to question the continuity of the national coach and his technical staff, because making these decisions is not within their competence,” he adds.

The players of the selection can be sanctioned

The Federation stresses that “it will not accept any type of pressure from any player when adopting sporting measures” and that “this type of maneuver is far from exemplary and outside the values ​​of football and sport and is harmful”.

“According to current Spanish legislation, failing to attend a national team call-up is classified as a very serious offense and can result in penalties ranging from two to five years of disqualification,” the agency recalls.

“The RFEF, unlike the way these players act, wants to make it clear that they will not take them to this extreme or put pressure on them. Directly, he will not summon footballers who do not want to wear the Spain shirt. The Federation will only have committed footballers even if they have to play with young people, ”he underlines.

The federation believes that “this fact has gone from a sporting issue to an issue of dignity. Selection is non-negotiable. This is an unprecedented situation in the history of football, men’s and women’s, in Spain and in the world.

“The present and the future of Spain lie in the potential of the lower categories and the players who have been proclaimed this summer under-20 world champions and under-19 European champions, in addition to to obtain the European sub-championship of the under-17 young people”, he recalls.

The RFEF understands that “the national team needs players committed to the project, defending our colors and proud to wear the jersey of Spain. Football players who have submitted their resignation will only return to the national team discipline in the future if they accept their mistake and ask for forgiveness.

Web editor: Rocio Casas

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