The Spanish players insist they never called for head coach Jorge Vilda’s dismissal, and criticized the governing body for going public with their concerns.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation said it had received 15 emails from players who refused to continue representing their country under Vilda’s orders.
According to the national governing body, the players had stated that Vilda’s regime was affecting their “health” and “emotional state” and “as long as it is not reversed, they resign from the Spain team.”
Reports suggested the players agreed to push through the departure of Vilda, who has been in charge since 2015, shortly after their loss to England in the Euro 2022 quarter-finals due to his coaching methods and tactics.
The RFEF indicated that the players could be disqualified for up to five years and will only be able to play again “if they accept their mistake and ask for forgiveness”, adding that it would replace the players with others from the lower categories of the national team.
Later on Friday, the players issued a collective response on social media, posted via Manchester United defender Ona Batlle and Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas, the 2021 Ballon d’Or winner who was forced to leave the European Championship. 2022 due to a serious knee injury.
The players said they had “never asked for the coach’s dismissal,” adding “that our job is in no case to choose” the position.
The group highlighted its disappointment “because the RFEF has made public, in a partial and interested way, a private communication with information that affects our health.”
The players made it clear “in no case have we resigned from the Spanish team as the RFEF points out in its official statement.”
The group’s message continued: “As we said in our private communication, we have maintained, continue to maintain and will continue to maintain an unquestionable commitment to the Spanish team.
“That is why we request in our statement sent to the RFEF not to be summoned until situations occur that affect our state of mind and personal, our performance and, consequently, the results of the team and that may lead to unwanted 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 most out of 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 team and for us in particular, without entering into public wars.”
The statement concluded: “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 childish tone with which the RFEF concludes its statement.
“We regret that in the context of women’s sport we have to go to this extreme, as has unfortunately happened in other national teams and other sports historically at a global level, to advance in a powerful and ambitious professional project for the present and for future generations. ”
Manchester City have two Spanish internationals in their squad, defender Laia Aleixandri and left-back Leilia Ouahabi, who also shared the players’ statement on her personal Twitter account.
Asked about the situation ahead of the Women’s Super League match at Chelsea on Sunday, City manager Gareth Taylor told a news conference: “(I’ve had) some discussions with the players involved. They are fine.
“Much of this conversation is difficult for me because I don’t know many details. I’ve talked to the girls, just for more support, and they’re fine.
“They are enjoying life with us at the club. Hopefully that can be solved for them and the rest of the players on the international scene”.