Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola
Spain Women will now be called the ‘Spanish Football Team’ as revealed by the Spanish Football Association in bid for a gender-neutral rebrand with the men’s side after long hours crunch talks with World Cup winners amid ‘kiss-gate’ scandal.
The Spanish football federation (RFEF) has announced a rebrand of the names of its women’s team in the wake of seven hours of crisis talks with the members of the squad in the early hours of Wednesday morning after newly appointed team manager Monste Tome named a full-strength squad for Spain’s round of international fixtures in September despite a number of the players called up publicly boycotting playing for their country excluding Jennifer Hermoso.
The players arrived at camp unwillingly out of fear of future disqualifications making it clear that they were not happy to represent their country until structural changes were made but their arrival gave way to discussions with representatives from the RFEF on Tuesday evening.
The meeting also attended by the National Sports Council as the federation worked to de-escalate tensions between the two parties.
A compromise is thought to have been reached, and on Wednesday afternoon, the RFEF announced the first of an anticipated number of changes in light of the players’ calls for a structural overhaul.
According to a statement issued by the federation, the RFEF will rename the Spanish women’s team – formerly Seleccion Espanola de Futbol Femenina, or Spain women’s national football team – to Seleccion Espanola de Futbol, or Spanish national football team, which is how the men’s national team is referred to.
Unifying the two teams, interim RFEF president Pedro Rocha has said, will not only act as a symbolic gesture of equality but open the door to a changed attitude and action around the women’s set-up.
Former Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales reportedly pressured an employee of the country’s football federation (RFEF) to lie about the kiss-gate scandal with Jenni Hermoso after Rubiales kissed Hermoso on the lips in the aftermath of their final victory over England and as resulted into a tumultous period for the federtion and the Women’s team since the incident.
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Rubiales who claimed the kiss was consensual eventually resigned from his position despite initially refusing to do so although he is battling charges of sexual assault and coercion.
According to Spanish outlet El Confidencial, Rubiales pressured an employee in the RFEF’s communications department to testify that Hermoso gave her consent to the kiss.
This testimony was used in the aftermath of incident and meant Rubiales wasn’t initially removed from his role but the report further goes onto state the RFEF are now investigating these new allegations.
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