Fifteen international players communicated on Thursday to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) their resignation from the women’s national team for refusing to fire the current coach, Jorge Vilda.
The RFEF itself informed, through a statement, that it had received, throughout the day 15, emails from 15 players of the women’s team, all with the same wording, in which they communicate that they will resign from the selection if the current situation, which significantly affects your “emotional state and your health”, is not reversed.
“The RFEF will not allow players to question the continuity of the national coach and his technical team, as such a decision is not within its competence”, says the federation in its statement, in reaction to the position taken by footballers against coach Jorge Vilda, son of Angel Vilda, former Benfica fitness coach when Juup Heynckes spent time at Luz.
The RFEF reinforces that “it will not accept any type of pressure from any player to take measures in the sports field” and that “this type of maneuver is not a good example in relation to the defense of the values of football and sport”.
“According to current Spanish legislation, not appearing for a national team call-up is classified as a very serious infraction and can lead to sanctions of two to five years of suspension, as can be read in the text released by the RFEF.
Further on, the Spanish federation makes it known that, contrary to the stance taken by the players in question, it will not take radical positions or exert pressure on them, simply failing to call them up for the selection.
“The Federation will not call up footballers who do not want to wear Spain’s jersey. We will only call up those who are committed to the country’s national team, even if we have to play with young players”, warns the RFEF.
In the latter’s understanding, the issue in question “extended the sporting component to become a matter of dignity”, considering the selection something non-negotiable and that this situation is unprecedented in the history of football, male or female, in Spain or in the rest of the world. “.
For the RFEF, the present and the future of Spanish football in Spain lies in the “potential of the youth categories and in the players who this summer were crowned under-20 world champions, under-19 European champions, and under-19 European runners-up. 17”.
However, he leaves a ‘window’ open to his return to the national team: “The players who presented their resignation from the national team today, will only be able to return to it in the future if they admit their mistake and apologize”.