Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Newly appointed coach of the Spanish women’s national team, Montse Tomé announced the squad list for the UEFA Nations League matches against Sweden and Switzerland.
The list includes Mapi León, Patri Guijarro, Laia Aleixandri, Lucía García, and Amaiur Sarriegi who were a part of “Las 15” four days ago, 21 players from this squad list had released a statement saying that they won’t return to the national team unless certain specific changes mentioned were made.
On Monday, Montse Tomé called most of them up irrespective of their decision.
“I trust that the players are professionals, they come from being world champions, they love the profession, being in the Spanish team is a privilege, and I know that they will be with us tomorrow,” the coach stated after the list’s release.
As per Laia Bonals, the players had no idea and found out on television.
According to reports in the Spanish press, both clubs and players were caught off guard by the call-up. Players have been instructed to arrive by 11:30 a.m. CET.
However, this poses a significant challenge for those playing abroad, as there were no travel arrangements in place, potentially causing delays.
Strong advisories, including guidance from legal representatives and the players’ union, have urged players to comply with the training camp, warning of severe sanctions as per the Spanish sports law, ranging from a two to 15-year suspension of their federative licenses for non-compliance.
As per Relevo, the Spanish National Team players have not responded to the RFEF’s ultimatum because they believe their previous statement was clear and firm. They are concerned that the RFEF (Spanish Football Association) might temporarily remove the individuals they requested but then forget about the issue.
“As professional elite players and considering everything that has transpired today, we will assess the potential legal consequences that the RFEF exposes us to by including us in a list for which we had requested not to be called up for reasons already publicly explained and in greater detail to the RFEF. We will make the best decision for our future and our health.” The players posited in a statement on Monday.
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“In this regard, we find it relevant to point out that the call-up has not been made in a timely manner, in accordance with Article 3.2 of Annex I of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players. Therefore, we believe that the RFEF is not in a position to demand our attendance.
“Once again, we regret that our Federation places us in a situation that we never wished for.”
Sweden’s player, Filippa Angeldahl, expresses her solidarity with the Spanish players ahead of their UEFA Nations League clash on Friday.
“We want them to know they have our full support, and that other nations stand behind them in any decision they make. If they believe boycotting the game is necessary to bring about change, we stand by them.”
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