the Spanish world champions still refuse to play again

the Spanish world champions still refuse to play again

Despite the resignation of Luis Rubiales and the dismissal of coach Joge Vilda, the vast majority of players on the Spanish women’s team have decided not to play again with the selection. Among the 23 world champions, 21 consider the changes “insufficient” for a return to the selection

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The Spanish world champions have announced their refusal to return to the selection as long as there are no other changes within the federation, AFP learned Friday from a source close to the governing body of the federation. Spanish football. “ They don’t come back “, said this source, without giving further details. The announcement of this refusal comes a few hours before the presentation, scheduled for 2 p.m. UT, of the list of the women’s “Roja” for the matches against Sweden and Switzerland in the Nations League by the new coach Montsé Tomé.

The 23 world champions announced at the end of August their refusal to wear the “Roja” jersey as long as the leaders of Spanish football remained in place, as a sign of protest after the forced kiss of the president of the federation Luis Rubiales to the player Jennifer Hermoso, just after their world title on August 20 in Sydney.

Today, almost all of the world champions estimated this Friday in a press release that the changes made at the head of the federation were “not enough” to bring them back to the selection. “ The changes that have taken place are not enough for players to feel in a safe place, where women are respected, where we bet on women’s football and where we can give the best of ourselves », wrote 21 of the 23 world champions in this text signed in total by 39 players and distributed in particular by the Ballon d’Or, Alexia Putellas, on social networks.

Rubiales before the judge

Football authorities, however, seemed optimistic in recent days, citing Rubiales’ resignation on Sunday and the dismissal last week of women’s team coach Joge Vilda, a close friend of Rubiales whose methods were criticized by his players.

In the meantime, barely five days after his resignation, the former boss of Spanish football, Luis Rubiales, the former boss of Spanish football, responded on Friday for the first time before a judge to the accusations of “sexual assault” made against him. At the end of the hearing, which was held behind closed doors, the magistrate in charge of the investigation, Francisco de Jorge, prohibited Luis Rubiales from coming within 200 m of Jenni Hermoso and get in touch with the attacker, who plays in the Mexican championship. According to a source close to the prosecution, he again denied the accusations before the judge and reiterated that this kiss was consensual. In an interview given to a British journalist and broadcast on Tuesday, he had already described “ a reciprocal act “.

(With AFP)