The Spanish international footballers reaffirmed this Monday, through a statement, their “desire not to be called up for justified reasons” for the national team, hours after the new coach announced a list of 23 names for the next matches.
The internationals of the world champion team emphasize that their previous statement “made it clear and without the possibility of another interpretation”, thus declining Montse Tomé’s call for the Nations League matches, since “the statements remain fully valid” .
They add that “in the days following this statement” they want to “let the public know that nothing different was transmitted to anyone who is part of the RFEF”, the Spanish Football Federation, so they “expressly request that the information that it be transmitted publicly is rigorous.
“We, as elite professional players and after everything that happened today [segunda-feira]”We will study the possible legal consequences to which the RFEF exposes us, by including us on a list that we request not to be included, for reasons already explained in more detail,” the statement continues.
In this context, they consider that the call “was not made at the appropriate time and in accordance with article 3.2 of Annex I of the FIFA Regulations on Player Status and Transfers”, so they understand that the RFEF “is not in conditions “to demand those who comply with the call.
“We regret once again that our federation has put us in a situation that we never wanted,” concluded the statement from the players’ group.
Last Friday, 39 players, including 21 of the 23 world champions, asked the RFEF to restructure the women’s football body and assured that the changes introduced “are not enough” to feel “in a safe place.”
They also called for the resignation of the president of the RFEF, who is interim Pedro Rocha, and the restructuring of the communication and marketing areas and the integrity department, considering that the changes made since the World Cup “are not enough.”
The statement caused the postponement of the call for the Nations League matches until this Monday, with 15 players who were in the World Cup on the list, but not Jenni Hermoso, the player who was at the center of the controversy that began with the kiss. of the then federative president, Luis Rubiales.
The champion coach, Jorge Vilda, was also dismissed, being replaced by Montse Tomé, but this did not ‘calm’ the wave of protests, with 39 players asking for radical changes in women’s football, in order to return to the national team.
Spain is expected to begin its Nations League campaign, which will qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics, against Sweden in Gothenburg on Wednesday and then host Switzerland in Cordoba on September 26.