The new coach of Spain’s women’s football squad has selected most of the players who won the Women’s World Cup last month for upcoming fixtures against Sweden and Switzerland. This move is seen as an attempt to pressure the players into ending their boycott. The boycott was initiated after player Jenni Hermoso disputed the consensual nature of a kiss on the lips from federation boss Luis Rubiales. The incident sparked a national debate about macho culture in the sport. Hermoso was not included in the list of selected players, which consists of 15 cup-winning squad members and two players who were not called for the World Cup after signing an open letter against the previous coach. If the players refuse the call, they face fines and suspension of their federation license. The new coach, Montse Tome, who was previously an assistant coach, stated that none of the players had requested not to be selected. She expressed confidence in the professionalism of the players and their commitment to the sport. However, a group of 39 players, including 21 from the cup-winning squad, has called for further changes within the football federation. Despite this, 20 of the signatories have been included in the upcoming matches. The players have not yet indicated whether they will end their boycott. Tome explained that Hermoso was left out of the squad due to the intense media attention she has received. The federation has acknowledged the need for structural changes and the need to address the behaviors brought to light by the players.
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