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Football: mass resignation shakes Spain

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In protest against coach Jorge Vilda, 15 Spanish soccer players have announced their resignation from the national team – “if nothing changes”. As the Spanish association RFEF explained, corresponding e-mails with the same wording were received. World footballer Alexia Putellas from FC Barcelona, ​​who is currently recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture, should not be among them, according to media reports.

According to the association, the players complained that the situation was affecting their “emotional state” and their health “in an important way”. The RFEF in turn emphasized: “The association will not allow the players to question the future of the national coach and his coaching staff. That is not their responsibility.”

You will not allow any kind of pressure from the players. “These types of maneuvers are harmful and do not correspond to the values ​​of football and sport,” it said. The association also pointed out that, according to the regulations, a ban of two to five years can result if someone refuses to be called up to the national team.

AP/Bill Kostroun

Coach Vilda is said to be the reason for the mass resignation of Spanish footballers

Unprecedented situation

Such sanctions will not be applied, but those affected will only be nominated again if they admit their mistake and apologize. “This is an unprecedented situation in the history of football, both for men and women, in Spain and worldwide,” it said.

The 41-year-old Vilda has been the head coach of the Spanish women since 2015. His selection had to do without the injured Putellas at the European Championships in July in England. In the preliminary round, the title contender took second place after victories over Finland and Denmark and a defeat against Germany. In the quarter-finals, the eventual European champions from England lost 2-1 in extra time.

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