The dispute between Spain’s world football champions and the RFEF association enters the next round. Even the government is now intervening; He wants to mediate and warns of the consequences.
In the face of the completely confused situation that has arisen due to the strike of Spain’s world football champions, the Madrid government has now intervened. Víctor Francos, president of the CSD, Spain’s highest sports authority, announced an attempt at mediation late Monday evening, but also warned striking football players of legal consequences.
Olympic qualification is in danger
Following the kissing scandal at the World Cup, the world champions refuse to play for the national team until far-reaching measures are taken against male domination in the RFEF football federation. It is not yet clear which team Spain will compete with in the next Nations League matches, which include qualifiers for the 2024 Olympic Games.
The scandal was triggered by RFEF President Luis Rubiales, who kissed world champion Jennifer Hermoso on the mouth without being asked, at the awards ceremony held in Sydney on August 20. Franco announced at the last minute that he was making an attempt to resolve the crisis.
Francos wants to talk to players
He told radio station El Larguero on Monday evening: “Tomorrow morning I will call a few people from the national team to talk to them. I think there is a point where the government has to intervene; not everything is allowed.”
Hermoso accuses this relationship of intimidation
But Hermoso accused the RFEF association of “intimidating us and threatening us with legal consequences and economic sanctions,” as he wrote on portal X (formerly Twitter) early Tuesday morning.
So it’s still ice time after the association called up striking players against their will for international matches on Monday.
There is a risk of fines and suspensions
Under Spanish sports law, refusing to compete despite being nominated is a particularly serious offense and can result in a fine of between 3,000 and 30,000 euros and a ban of between two and 15 years.
On Monday, new national coach Montse Tomé nominated 15 world champions for Nations League matches against Switzerland in Sweden on Friday and at home against Switzerland the following Tuesday; However, these athletes, along with their other colleagues, had announced their strike days ago.
Government: We are not interested in punishment
They confirmed their rejection late Monday evening. Francos stressed that the government stood by the players and was not interested in punishing them.
The players stressed that Tomé’s candidacy on Monday violated the procedural rules of world association FIFA. Accordingly, athletes will need to be informed in writing at least 15 days before being nominated.
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