Spain’s World Cup-winning rebels report for training under sanctions threat

Spain’s World Cup-winning rebels report for training under sanctions threat

Some of the rebel players from Spain’s World Cup-winning women’s squad, who had previously threatened to boycott the national team in order to combat sexism at the football federation (RFEF), reported for training under the risk of being sanctioned. Misa Rodriguez, Olga Carmona, Oihane Hernandez, Eva Navarro, and Tere Abelleira, who had previously stated that they would not play for the team until further changes were made at the RFEF, arrived at a hotel near Madrid’s airport. They were then seen leaving by coach to travel to a training camp near Valencia.

Despite signing a statement last week calling for more changes at the RFEF, including the removal of former President Luis Rubiales and former manager Jorge Vilda, the five players were still named in the squad for a Women’s Nations League match against Sweden on Friday by new coach Montse Tome. Jenni Hermoso, the player at the center of the scandal involving Rubiales, accused the RFEF of attempting to divide and manipulate the players. She claimed that they were threatened with legal and economic consequences if they refused to play.

According to Spain’s Sports Act, the players could face fines of up to 30,000 euros ($32,000) and the suspension of their federation license for two to 15 years if they refuse the call-up. Two sources close to the players stated that they were expecting the entire squad to report due to the threat of sanctions. When asked if she was happy to have been selected for the team, Misa Rodriguez replied, “No.”

On Monday, players including Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas shared a statement on social media expressing their dissatisfaction with being considered for selection and stating that they were studying the possible legal consequences of the RFEF’s actions. Hermoso was not included in the squad list announced by Montse Tome, which included 15 of the 23 cup-winning players. Twenty of the players on the squad list had signed a statement calling for more sackings at the federation.

Hermoso, who was not selected in order to protect her, offered her support to teammates who were caught off guard and forced to react to another unfortunate situation caused by the decision-makers within the RFEF. Victor Francos, head of the state-run national sports agency, stated that the government would have no choice but to apply the sanctions as stipulated by the law.

Spain is scheduled to make its debut in the Women’s Nations League against Sweden on Friday, followed by a match against Switzerland on September 26. The Nations League will determine which European teams qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. The government supports the players’ efforts to bring about changes in the RFEF but also wants Spain to qualify for the Olympic Games, according to spokesperson Isabel Rodriguez. She stated that they want to see changes implemented quickly, restore the players’ confidence, and most importantly, see them play and win.

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