Players from the Spanish football team appear to be gathering for the upcoming international match, despite an announced boycott.
Six football players from Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid arrived at the national hotel in Madrid around noon. Among them is Olga Carmona, scorer of the winning goal in the World Cup final against England.
Other players from the 23-man selection would like to travel immediately to the coastal town of Oliva, where Spain must prepare for the upcoming Nations League matches with Sweden (Friday) and Switzerland (next Tuesday).
According to the Spanish sports newspaper Marca, the internationals still support their announced boycott, but they have been forced to come due to possible legal consequences (fine and loss of player’s license).
Goalkeeper Misa, a Real Madrid player, was asked if she was happy to be part of the selection of the new national coach Montse Tomé. Her answer was as short as it was clear: “No.”
Marca reports that a representation of the highest sports council will discuss with the players. The Spanish Football Association has threatened strong legal action against football players selected by Tomé, but refuse to take action.
Tomé deliberately did not select Jennifer Hermoso, who was kissed unsolicited by the resigned president of the federation Luis Rubiales. The trainer said he wanted to protect her.
This morning Hermoso responded to that statement via X, formerly Twitter. She said she did not need to be protected and was critical of the union’s legal threats.
Rubiales, who has since resigned, reported to the court and is not allowed to go within 200 meters of Hermoso:
Hermoso: “The players are certain that this is yet another strategy of division and manipulation to intimidate and threaten us with legal repercussions and economic sanctions.”
“I would like to once again express my full support to my colleagues who have been surprised and forced to respond to yet another unfortunate situation caused by the people who continue to make decisions within the RFEF.”
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