The majority of Spanish international players, on strike after the Rubiales affair, confirmed on Monday, a few hours after the announcement of the first list of the new coach Montse Tomé, their “desire not to be called up”, considering that the federation was “not in a position to demand 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 legitimate reasons. These declarations remain in full 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, most on strike since the Rubiales affair, were nevertheless called up on Monday for the next League of Nations matches by new coach Montse Tomé, who left Jenni Hermoso aside for “the protect”.
In total, 39 players including 21 of the 23 Spaniards crowned in Sydney on Friday announced in a press release that the conditions were not met for them to play again in the national team and had asked for a total overhaul by the Spanish football authorities, without judging. not enough was the dismissal of former Spanish football manager 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 on Monday evening, and written in the name of “the players of the Spanish women’s first team”, without further details of the signatories, the Spaniards assure that they will “study the possible legal consequences” that they are exposed to “to take the best decision for (their) future and (their) health”.
Furthermore, they say that they believe that their summons was not carried out in the time and form stipulated by Fifa’s regulations, which would prevent their association from “requiring their presence” at the planned meeting.
“We regret once again that our association 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, the qualifying tournament for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
She will play for the first time with a star on the jersey, but with no guarantee that it will be worn by those who won it in August.