The players of the Spanish women’s soccer team who this Thursday expressed their wish not to be summoned In the current situation, they have stressed that they have not “resigned” from the national team and that they have “never” asked for Jorge Vilda’s dismissal.

In an extensive statement shared by the 15 players whowho had shown their desire not to be summoned and also for Alexia Putellashave lamented that the RFEF “has made public, in a partial and interested way, a private communication” and “with information that affects” their health.

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“In second place, in no case have we renounced the Spanish soccer team as and as the RFEF points out in its official statement. As we said in our private communication, we have maintained, maintain and will maintain an unquestionable commitment to the Spanish team.”

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The soccer players insist on “not being summoned until the aforementioned situations that can be reversed” affect their “emotional and personal state, and performance”. “And, consequently, to the results of the selection and that could lead to undesirable injuries. These would be the reasons that lead us to make this decision,” they point out.

“NWe have never asked for the dismissal of the coach as has been commented. We understand that our job is not in any case to choose said position, but to express in a constructive and honest way what we consider can improve the performance of the group”, they assure.

This is the full statement:

“The players regret, in the first place, that the RFEF has made public, in a partial and interested way, a private communication, with information that affects our health – which is part of our privacy -, sent in response to the request of the own Federation to find out which of us wanted not to be summoned, a communication to which, by the way, we have not received a formal response.

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Secondly, in no case have we RESIGNED the Spanish Soccer Team as the RFEF points out in its official statement. As we said in our private communication, we have maintained, continue to maintain and will continue to maintain an unquestionable commitment to the Spanish National Team.

That is why we request in our communication sent to the RFEF not to be summoned until situations that affect our emotional and personal state, our performance and, consequently, the results of the Selection and that could derive in undesirable injuries. These would be the reasons that lead us to make this decision.

We want a firm commitment to a professional project in which all aspects are taken care of to get the best performance from a group of players with whom we believe that more and better goals can be achieved. We wish the best for the RFEF, for the Women’s National Team and for us in particular, without entering into public wars.

We have never asked for the dismissal of the coach as has been commented. We understand that our job is not in any case to choose said position, but to express in a constructive and honest way what we believe can improve the performance of the group.

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Can anyone think that, eight months before a World Cup, a group of TOP-LEVEL PLAYERS, which is what we consider ourselves, consider this decision, as has been publicly implied, as a whim or blackmail?

Requesting not to be summoned, we penalize our professional career, our economy and of course continue building something important in women’s football. Because getting to where we are right now has taken years of effort from many people. And there are still many things to improve as it is being shown recently.

From our ambition as players, fighters and winners, we just want to be able to achieve maximum professional and personal success again. Last but not least, we will not tolerate the infantilizing tone with which the RFEF concludes its statement.

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We regret that in the context of women’s sport we have to go to this extreme, as unfortunately has happened in other national teams and other sports historically at a global level, in order to advance in a powerful and ambitious professional project for the present and for future generations”.

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