The Spanish FA (RFEF) said on Thursday that 15 players from the Spain women’s team have threatened to quit international competition unless their coach Jorge Vilda is sacked.
Local media reported last month that the Spanish women’s team was in disarray, with players on the brink of revolt if the confederation did not relieve Vilda of her duties.
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“Throughout today, the RFEF can confirm that we have received 15 emails from 15 players of the women’s senior football team, in which they say that the current situation is affecting their emotional state and their health ‘significantly’. As it does not reverse, they are resigning from the Spanish national team.” The Spanish FA said Report.
“The RFEF is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach and his coaching staff as it is not within their powers to take those decisions.”
The RFEF said refusing to honor a call-up to the national team is “classified as a very serious breach and may result in disqualification sanctions of between two and five years”.
According to sources close to the situation, players are unhappy with the management of injuries, the atmosphere in the locker room, Wilda’s team selection and his training sessions.
The RFEF, which did not disclose the identity of the 15 players, said it fully supported the coach and would only return to the team if the players realized their mistake and apologised.