'These statements remain in full force and effect' - Spain women's players double-down on declaration of boycott from...
On Monday afternoon, Tome - who replaced Jorge Vilda as manager of the World Cup winners - announced her 23-player squad for Spain's upcoming Nations League matches against Sweden and Switzerland. The new coach selected 20 of the 39 players who, on Friday, said they would continue their boycott of the national team.
The group - including Alexia Putellas, Mapi Leon and Aitana Bonmati - were expected to end their boycott following the sacking of Vilda and the resignation of disgraced Spanish FA (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales, who is accused of kissing Jenni Hermoso without consent after the World Cup final. However, the players are demanding further changes within the RFEF so that "no woman, inside or outside of soccer, should ever have to experience again situations of disparagement, disrespect or abuse."
In response to Tome's unexpected squad announcement - of which many of the players learned of via television and social media - several players published the following statement on their social media channels on Monday evening:
"The players of the women's senior national soccer team want to state, following the call and the subsequent press conference of the new national coach, Montse Tom, the following: What was expressed in our statement of September 15, 2023, makes clear and without any option for another interpretation our firm [group of 30 players] will not be called up for justified reasons. These statements remain in full force and effect."