UNWARRANTED DECISION

Spain women’s players call for coach to be sacked

The RFEF said the players claim his tenure is affecting their emotional state and health.

In Summary

• Vilda, 41, has been the national team coach since 2015 and led his side to the quarter-finals of Euro 22.

• In 2015 Vilda’s predecessor Ignacio Quereda resigned after Spain’s players called for him to be sacked. 

England's Ellen White, Beth Mead and team mates celebrate scoring against Spain in a past match
England's Ellen White, Beth Mead and team mates celebrate scoring against Spain in a past match
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Spain’s football federation says 15 players have said they will resign from the women’s national team unless head coach Jorge Vilda is sacked.

The RFEF said the players claim his tenure is affecting their emotional state and health.

However, the RFEF said it “is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach”.

“These types of manoeuvres are far from exemplary and outside the values of football and sport,” they said. “Making those decisions does not fall within their powers.”

It warned refusing to play for the national team was “a very serious infraction and can carry sanctions of between two and five years of disqualification” and went on to say it would not call up the 15.

“The Federation will only have committed footballers even if they have to play with youth,” it added.

“This fact has gone from being a sporting issue to a dignity issue. The selection is non-negotiable. It is an unprecedented situation in the history of football, both male and female, in Spain and worldwide.

“The national team needs players committed to the project, defending our colours and proud to wear the Spain shirt.”

It ended by saying the players - who have not been named - would only be called up again in the future “if they accept their mistake and ask for forgiveness”.

Vilda, 41, has been the national team coach since 2015 and led his side to the quarter-finals of Euro 22, where the pre-tournament favourites lost in extra time to eventual winners England.

In 2015 Vilda’s predecessor Ignacio Quereda resigned after Spain’s players called for him to be sacked. The move came after Spain finished bottom of their World Cup group.

 

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