Alexia Putellas and the rest of the 15 soccer players who have refused to play with the national team have released a harsh statement affirming their position. “The players regret, first of all, that the RFEF has made public, in a partially 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 know which of us wanted not to be summoned. Communication from which, by the way, we have not received a formal response”, begins the long-awaited message from the Spanish soccer players. Putellas, who was not part of it, has joined by retweeting the statement.

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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, maintain and will maintain an unquestionable commitment to the Spanish National Team”, they assure to make it clear that their position is temporary. “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”, continue the Spanish players, who have been fighting for some time to change how the national team works.

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“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 consider can improve the performance of the group”, they emphasize. “Can anyone think that, eight months before a World Cup, a group of TOP-LEVEL PLAYERS, which is what we consider ourselves, Do they 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 has recently been demonstrated”, they continue.

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“From our ambition as players, fighters and winners, we just want to be able to achieve the maximum professional and personal successes again. Last but not least, We are not going to tolerate the infantilizing 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 unfortunately has happened in other national teams and other sports historically worldwide, in order to advance in a powerful and ambitious professional project for the present and for future generations”