Mutiny! 15 Players Threaten to Quit Spain Women’s Team If Coach Is Not Sacked

Spain’s women’s football team is on the verge of mutiny, with 15 players threatening to quit if coach Jorge Vilda is not sacked by the nation’s FA.

WHAT HAPPENED? A number of star turns for La Roja have lost faith in the country’s managerial team, with concerns reportedly raised regarding atmosphere in the locker room, team selection and training sessions. The RFEF has acknowledged the strong feelings of those concerned, but is eager to point out that player power will not be allowed to dictate important decisions and that those involved face being removed from consideration for selection.

WHAT THEY SAID: A statement from the RFEF reads: “The Real Federación Espanola de Futbol communicates that, throughout today, it has received 15 emails from 15 players of the women's senior football team, coincidentally all with the same wording, in which they state that the current situation generated affects 'significantly' their 'emotional state' and their 'health' and that, 'as long as it is not reversed', they resign from the Spanish national team.

“The RFEF is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach and his coaching staff, since making those decisions does not fall within their powers. The Federation will not admit any type of pressure from any player when adopting sports measures. These types of manoeuvres are far from exemplary and outside the values of football and sport and are harmful.