The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said 15 players would withdraw from the women’s national team due to the impact on their “emotional state” and “health”, while Jorge Wilda remained as coach.
Vilda has an agreement to stay on as coach until 2024 and RFEF president Luis Rubiales has yet to sack the boss despite calls for his sacking earlier in September.
Several Spanish players have sent an email to the RFEF refusing to play until the decision to leave Wilda is “reversed” due to the situation affecting their “emotional state” and “health”.
Despite Vilda’s apparent displeasure at the helm, his team has already qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
However, a significant number of Spain’s players have refused to play while he remains in charge.
The RFEF responded by saying the players, who remain unnamed, would not receive a re-call until they “admit their error and mistake”.
“The RFEF will not allow the players to question the continuity of the head coach and his coaching staff as it is not within their authority to make such decisions,” the statement said.
“The federation will not allow any pressure from any player when taking sporting measures. These types of maneuvers are far from exemplary, outside the values of football and sport and are harmful.
“Under current Spanish law, failure to show up for a national team call-up is classified as a very serious offense and can result in a two- to five-year ban.”