Spanish players to continue boycott

Stevian Francis

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The majority of Spain’s women’s World Cup-winning squad has reportedly vowed to continue their boycott of the national programme until further changes are made.

According to reports, the players assert that they still don’t “feel in a safe place.”Their reported stance comes almost a month after the win was overshadowed by the federation’s President, Luis Rubiales, kissing forward Jenni Hermoso after the final.

The fallout eventually led to Rubiales’ resignation following wide-scale condemnation of his actions. Despite his departure, a total of 39 Spanish women players said more needs to be done in a joint statement on Friday, the BBC reports.

The statement by the players, which includes 21 of the 23 members of the World Cup-winning squad, read: “The changes that have occurred are not enough for the players to feel in a safe place, where women are respected, where there is a commitment to women’s football, and where we can give our maximum performance. The players of the Spanish team are professionals, and what fills us most with pride is wearing the shirt of our team and always leading our country to the highest positions”

“For this reason, we believe that it is time to fight to show that these situations and practices have no place in our football or in our society and that the current structure needs changes.”We do it so that the next generations can have a much more equal game that we all deserve.”

In response, the Spanish football federation expressed their commitment “to restore the functioning of the entity,” the BBC reports.

Among the changes the players have called for are the restructuring of the federation, the resignation of the Interim President, and a separate organisation for women’s football.

The federation added that it “wants to reinforce its commitment to the world champions, for whom it feels enormous pride. “It is essential that international organisations, the media and society understand this and help us do so. A lot is at stake and we must be aware.”

Spain’s Head Coach, Jorge Vilda, who was reportedly a close ally of Rubiales, was fired last week, with most of his coaching staff later stepping down.

81 players across the national teams refused to play for Spain until Rubiales stepped down, which he did on Sunday.

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