Jenni Hermoso accuses Spanish federation of bid to ‘intimidate’ players

Jenni Hermoso Spain footbal

Pachuca’s Spanish midfielder Jenni Hermoso waits to step onto the sector to play within the girls’s Mexican soccer league match between Pachuca and Pumas on the Hidalgo stadium in Pachuca, Hidalgo State, Mexico, on September 10, 2023. (Photograph by Jaime LOPEZ / AFP)

Soccer star Jenni Hermoso has accused the Spanish federation of looking for to “intimidate and threaten” the World Cup champion gamers by calling them up towards their will for 2 Nations League matches.

The Spain worldwide, who was forcibly kissed by former Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales following her group’s triumph in Sydney on August 20, was not included within the squad however expressed her help for the remainder of her team-mates.

“The gamers are sure that that is one more technique of division and manipulation to intimidate and threaten us with authorized repercussions and financial sanctions,” the participant, presently with Mexican membership Pachuca, mentioned in a press release on X, previously Twitter, on Monday.

The Rubiales kiss triggered worldwide anger and shook the federation, resulting in his resignation in addition to the dismissal of coach Jorge Vilda.

Vilda was changed by his quantity two, Montse Tome.

Montse Tome Spain women's football

New coach of Spain’s feminine soccer group Montse Tome (C) poses with a jersey flanked by (from L) Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) performing president Pedro Rocha, analysts Kiko Melendez and Ruben Jimenez, physiotherapist Blanca Romero, technical assistant coach Irene del Rio, assistant coach Javier Lerga, psychologist Emilio Gonzalez and goalkeeper coach Carlos Sanchez on the Ciudad del Futbol coaching amenities in Las Rozas de Madrid on September 18, 2023. (Photograph by Thomas COEX / AFP)

On Friday, 39 gamers, together with 21 of the 23 World Cup gamers, mentioned in a press release that the circumstances weren’t proper for his or her return to La Roja and referred to as for extra adjustments in varied federation departments.

Nonetheless, on Monday, the brand new coach referred to as up round 15 of the champions and different signatories to the doc to play towards Sweden and Switzerland within the Nations League, a event that qualifies for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

These referred to as up by Tome who have been within the 39 all printed a press release on social media, together with two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas.

Of their assertion, the Spain gamers made “clear” their “agency won’t to be summoned for justified causes. These statements are nonetheless absolutely legitimate”.

The gamers are summoned to Madrid on Tuesday and, in the event that they fail to attend, they danger heavy fines and between two and 15 years’ suspension of their federation license.

“I wish to as soon as once more present my full help to my colleagues who’ve been caught abruptly and compelled to react to a different unlucky state of affairs attributable to the individuals who proceed to make selections throughout the RFEF,” Hermoso mentioned in her assertion.

Spain’s all-time main scorer was not included within the squad as a result of, based on Tome, it was “one of the simplest ways to guard her.”

“Defend me from what? And from whom?” Hermoso requested within the assertion.

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