The players have said no to the Spanish team. 21 of the 23 Spanish soccer players who conquered the Women’s World Cup in August (Athenea del Castillo and Claudia Zornoza are the only two exceptions) remain firm in their resignation to wear the national team shirt again. This is what they have made known to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) this Friday, the same day that the new coach, Montse Toméhad planned to announce its first call, suspended after the statement.
After the resignation of the soccer players, a new question arises: What would happen if, despite everything, they are called up and they persist in their intention not to attend? This unusual situation is punished by the Sports Law in its article 104.1 and considered a very serious infraction: “The unjustified lack of attendance at the calls of the national sports teams, as well as the failure to make available to the national teams the athletes who have been designated to be part of them.”
The sanctions to be imposed would be exemplary, from economic to sporting, as explained in article 108. The fine would range from 3,000 to 30,000 euros and could lead to the suspension of the license for between two to 15 years. These are the three possible sanctions that would affect the players if they do not respond to Tomé’s call:
- Fine, not less than 3,000.01 nor more than 30,000 euros.
- Prohibition of access to stadiums or places where tests or competitions are held for a period of no more than five years.
- Definitive loss of the rights that correspond to you as a partner or member of the respective society, association or sports entity.
- Suspension of federal license or equivalent temporary qualification for a period between two and fifteen years.
- Disqualification from holding positions in the sports entity for a period between two and fifteen years, in appropriate proportion to the infraction committed.
Now it remains to be seen how the Federation manages this situation. Montse Tomé can call the U-23 players, who did not subscribe to the resignation statement, but if she calls the regular players and they refuse, the team as a whole would be harmed. In case of not showing up for the matches, Article 26 of the UEFA Nations League states that the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will declare the match lost for the federation not presented. In addition, it could impose any additional disciplinary measures it considers appropriate on the association concerned, including disqualification from the competition, while losing all rights to receive payments from UEFA. It should be remembered that winning the Nations League is the only possible way for Spain to get a ticket to the Paris Olympic Games.
Despite the resignation of Rubiales and dismissal of Jorge Vilda, according to what has been learned Infobae Spain, those who are wanted outside the RFEF They are Pedro Rocha, interim president; Andreu Camps, general secretary; Tomás González Cueto, external legal advisor; Antonio Ramón Caravaca, lawyer of the Federation; Miguel García Caba, director of Integrity; Javier Matallanas, spokesperson for the Federation; Albert Luque, director of the men’s team; Luis Medina Cantalejo, president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA); Francis Hernández, coordinator of the lower categories; José María Mora, director of Operations and Events; Pedro González Segura, director of the federative legal advice; Ana Álvarez, director of women’s soccer; Rafa del Amo, president of women’s football, and Pablo García Cuervo, director of Communication.
At this time, uncertainty continues to grow. With the last chance to be in the Olympic Games just around the corner, it is not clear what will happen to the longest squad list in history. Last Friday’s event was suspended and the date on which it will be made public is still unknown.