Most Spanish women footballers rejoin squad after deal: Following a protest by the World Cup winners over the disgraced former president of the federation forcibly kissing a player, the majority of Spain’s international football players have consented to return to the team, the government announced on Wednesday.
After ex-president Luis Rubiales resigned, the news came after hours of negotiations over player requests for additional changes at the Spanish football organisation (RFEF). EnoughInfo.com
Most Spanish women footballers rejoin squad after deal
“We have arrived at a series of agreements which will be drawn up and signed tomorrow” between the RFEF and the Spanish government, Victor Francos, secretary of state for sports, told reporters, adding that two of the 23 called-up players did not wish to continue with the squad.
Internationals chosen by Tome showed up for training even though they had declared themselves unavailable in the hours. Thereby leading up to the announcement of the arrangement; some of them expressed fear of punishment should they not play.
“We have been forced to come. But if they want to sanction us, then we have to come,” Barcelona defender Mapi Leon said.
Asked by a reporter on her arrival for training if she was happy to be included in the squad, goalkeeper Misa Rodriguez replied “No”.
Two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas was asked at Barcelona airport how she felt. “Well, bad,” the Barca player replied.
The striking players acknowledged that they might be forced to go due to possible legal repercussions. But they maintained their desire not to be called up in a statement released on Monday.
In addition to the potential for fines ranging from 3,000 to 30,000 euros ($3,200 to $32,100), they might have had their playing privileges revoked for a maximum of five years.
The two women who choose not to participate will not be subject to consequences. This is according to Secretary of State for Sport Francos. Who also serves as President of Spain’s High Council for Sports (CSD).