Several of the players of the Spanish soccer team who last Friday issued a statement demanding profound changes in the Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF) after the Rubiales case and the non-consensual kiss to Jenni Hermoso have wanted to make it clear that their position has not changed. And that they will not wear the La Roja shirt again until they observe a reform of the federation structures that, according to them, do not allow them to work in adequate conditions nor respect them as women and footballers.
In that note three days ago it was not as forceful as it is now in a new statement issued six hours after the new national team coach offered a list of 23 players with 19 of the 39 undersigned in Friday’s note.
This statement was spread on social networks by some of the figures from the last Women’s World Cup that Spain won on August 20 in Sydney, such as Aitana Bonmatí, Alexia Putellas, Irene Paredes or Cata Coll, in addition to others who gave up going to that tournament like Mapi León or Patro Guijarro. In the note they reported that they are studying the legal consequences to which the federation exposes them by including them on a list on which they do not want to be.
“What was expressed on September 22 makes clear and without any option for another interpretation our firm will not to be summoned for justified reasons. These statements are still fully valid,” they write. Furthermore, they point out, they have not transmitted any change in position to the federation.
When they were also called by coach Tomé, many of those soccer players who have not changed their minds – some, such as the scorer of the final Olga Carmona did intend to attend the national team’s call – dedicated the hours after the announcement to study the legal consequences they face if they do not attend the call. They could be punished with fines of between 3,000 and 30,000 euros and their license could be withdrawn, for example.
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