MADRID (AP) — Fifteen ladies’s soccer gamers are anticipated to go away the Spanish nationwide staff after the Spanish federation rejected a training change Thursday.
The federation mentioned it had obtained the identical e-mail from 15 gamers saying they might resign until coach Jorge Wilda was sacked. Based on the gamers, the scenario had a “important” influence on their “emotional state” and their well being, the affiliation mentioned.
The federation didn’t give particulars in regards to the “scenario” and didn’t identify the gamers who made the calls for. Based on Spanish media, Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas was not amongst them.
“The affiliation won’t permit gamers to query the continuity of the nationwide coach and training workers, as this isn’t their duty,” the affiliation mentioned in a press release, including that “no strain from any participant will probably be tolerated.” This results in sports activities choices.
“Such maneuvers are dangerous and don’t belong to the values of soccer and sport,” the affiliation mentioned.
Below Spanish regulation, failure to simply accept a call-up to the nationwide staff is taken into account a critical offense that might lead to sanctions of two to 5 years, the assertion mentioned. The union mentioned it could not take any sanctions in opposition to the gamers, however mentioned they might not be re-selected until they “admit their errors and apologise”.
“This isn’t a sports activities difficulty, it is a problem of dignity,” the affiliation mentioned. “That is an unprecedented scenario within the historical past of males’s and ladies’s soccer in Spain and worldwide.”
He mentioned the nationwide staff wants “dedicated gamers who will proudly defend the colours of the Spanish jersey”.
Wilda informed Spanish media that some dressing room codes had been damaged by gamers, however didn’t elaborate.
Throughout a latest press convention, the gamers mentioned they needed to make adjustments to the nationwide staff, however didn’t name for Vilda to be fired.
The federation’s president, Luis Rubiales, is thought for his hard-line views and is usually at odds with different Spanish soccer officers. Simply days earlier than the beginning of the 2018 World Cup, he fired males’s nationwide staff coach Julen Lopetegui after taking a job at Actual Madrid with out informing federation officers.
Wilda changed Ignacio Quereda for the ladies’s nationwide staff in 2015, after which some gamers had been accused of verbal abuse.
Spain misplaced to eventual champions England within the quarterfinals of this 12 months’s European Ladies’s Championship.
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