Spain, mutiny against the coach: 15 leave the national team. “Unsustainable situation”

from Maria Strada

9 months after the World Cup, 7 Barcelona players and 8 others write to the Federation: “Situation unsustainable emotionally and for health”. The answer: “We confirm the coach, we will field the Under team”

Shortly before midnight, Thursday 22 September, ea nine months from the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealandexplodes the bomb for the Spanish women’s national soccer team. At least 15 players leave the Red Furies “because they do not share the methods of coach Jorge Vilda”. The announcement comes from the Spanish Football Federation (Rfef).

The announcement is that they have been received “15 emails, all with the same text by chancewhich they explain that the current situation affects them “significantly” in their “emotional state” and in their “health” and that “until there is a reversal of the trend” they will give up the Selección “”.

The position of the Rfef lasts, therefore, which explains «that it will not allow the players to question the continuity of the national manager and his technical staff, given that making these decisions is not within their competence. The Federation will not admit any kind of pressure »« in the field of sports »reminding the athletes that «Not answering a call from the national team is considered a very serious infringement and can cause penalties between two and five years of suspension “. At the moment the 15 will not be punished, “nor will they be pressured”, but “players who do not wish to wear the Spain shirt will not be called” even at the cost of “playing with the youth teams” because they have passed «From a sporting issue to one of dignity. La Seleccción is not negotiable “.

Moreover, the Rfef also recalls that “the youth teams” correspond to the National Under 20 world champion and the Under 19 and Under 17 European champions.and that “the players who have submitted their resignation will return to the national team in the future only if they admit the mistake and ask for forgiveness”.

On Friday evening, the athletes responded with a joint note: «We have not given up on the national team as the Federation claims and, as we said in a private communication, our commitment to the national team has not been, is not and will not be in question. We asked not to be called until situations change that impact our emotional and personal stateon our performance, on the results of the national team and which could lead to unpleasant injuries», Specifying that he had never asked for Vilda’s exemption: “How can you think that, a few months before the World Cup, uHow do we consider ourselves a group of top-level players to make such a decision as if it were a whim or blackmail? ».

Already when the team was last called up in September, the captains Irene Paredes, Patri Guijarro and Jenni Hermoso they explained theirs to federation officials disagree with Vilda’s working methods. In front of the media they recognized a “general malaise” towards the coachbut they had denied having asked for his resignation.

Among them, only Guijarro (Barcelona) sent the email along with 14 others mutine, as reported Radio Cadena Ser: Ainoha Moraza (Atletico Madrid), Lucía García (Athletic Bilbao), Leila Ouahabi (Manchester City), Mapi León (Barcelona), Claudia Pina (Barcelona), Laia Aleixandri (Manchester City), Ona Batlle (Manchester United), Andrea Pereira (Barcelona), Aitana Bonmatí (Barcelona), Sandra Paños (Barcelona), Amaiur Sarriegi (Real Sociedad), Lola Gallardo (Atletico Madrid), Nerea Eizagirre (Real Sociedad) and Mariona Caldentey (Barcelona). As seen from the militant teams, there is a strong block of seven Barcelona players – missing the Ballon d’Or 2021 and captain Alexia Putellas, who, however, was operated on her left knee crusader in July, before the European Championships, and two other injured of caliber, Jenni Hermoso and the same Paredes who also, before, had put his face. There are, however, no Real Madrid athletes.

Megan Rapinoe’s overseas support was immediate, always sensitive to the delicate issues of the world of football and beyond. In one of her stories on Instagram, the multiple world champion said: «You have a 16th player who sides with you from the United States. So many players together in this way is very powerful. We should all listen. ‘

For her part, Vilda had told the press that she had “a feeling of disappointment”, and that she was “hurt by the way of proceeding”. “What happens in the locker room should stay in the locker room,” she added.

La Roja, who in the last European Championships had reached the quarterfinals by being eliminated by England (2-1 in extra time) hostess and then championwill play two friendlies on 7 and 11 October, respectively against Sweden and the United States.

Spain won access to the World Cup last April (scheduled from 20 July to 20 August) and on 22 October next he will know the matches of the groups in the draw in Auckland.

September 23, 2022 (change September 23, 2022 | 20:03)

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