Two players from the Spanish team left the concentration after differences with the association

Two players from the Spanish team left the concentration after differences with the association

Patri Guijarro and Mapi León left this Wednesday the concentration of the Spanish team, which has begun to prepare in time for its Nations League match against Sweden, after the players reached an agreement at dawn with the federation and the Spanish government , to make changes to federal unity.

“It is a reality that the situation for me and Patri is different than for the rest of my colleagues. We already know that there was no way to go back, and in the end we are not in a position to say, ‘Now you come back.’ “No, this is a process,” Mapi León told the media as he left the concentration hotel in Oliva.

“It is true that it is a different situation and it is quite difficult, personally quite difficult to be here, of course mentally you are not able to be here,” Patri Guijarro added.

Both players were among the group of 15 players who had already resigned from La Roja a year ago, as long as there were no changes in the structure and methods of the national team and they did not go to the World Cup in Australia, where Spain was in for the first time crowned world champion in its history.

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Spanish Federation (RFEF) President Luis Rubiales’ subsequent forced kiss on Jenni Hermoso sparked a global scandal and a new group of 23 world champions demanded changes.

Most of them were called up by new coach Montse Tomé for the Nations League games against Sweden and Switzerland, although they declared themselves ineligible. Players, RFEF and the Spanish government agreed in the early hours of Wednesday to meet calls for a change of footballers beyond the resignation of Rubiales and the dismissal of coach Jorge Vilda.

“Working on these changes”

“We are working on these changes, they have not happened yet but we are working,” assured Patri Guijarro.

At dawn, the Secretary of State for Sports, Víctor Francos, announced that a series of agreements had been reached with the players, adding that 21 of the 23 summoned had decided to continue, making it clear that León and Guijarro would not be punished for theirs Exit.

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“The players have expressed to us their concerns about the need for profound changes in the RFEF and the association has pledged that these changes will be implemented immediately,” the foreign minister added.

According to the Spanish press, one of these immediate changes could be the departure of Secretary General Andreu Camps, a close aide to Rubiales.

There was also speculation about the future of the coach, Vilda’s former right-hand man, but the president of the RFEF Women’s Committee, Rafael del Amo, assured in the early hours of Thursday: “Tomé is still a coach because there was none. “Some problem with her.”

Qualification for the games

A tripartite commission will be formed with the Higher Sports Council, the players and the federation to monitor these agreements, which will calm the situation after a call that is seen by the majority of those chosen as coercion under threat of sanctions.

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“We can now announce that the beginning of the path to a solution has begun with firm steps,” said the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, this Wednesday.

In a symbolic move, the association this Wednesday united the men’s and women’s teams under the single name “Spanish Football Team”.

“In this way, the old name of the women’s team, which included the expression ‘women’s football’, is abandoned,” the RFEF said in a statement.

The players will have their only training session in Spain before the game against Sweden this Wednesday afternoon in Gothenburg, to prepare against the clock for some Nations League games and start La Roja’s path to their first Olympic Games, in Paris-2024.

The team plans to travel to Sweden on Thursday morning, where they will face the Nordic team on Friday before facing Switzerland in Córdoba on September 26th.


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