DThe 23 Spanish footballers who won the World Cup in August and other top players are reluctant to play for Spain until further personnel changes are made at the RFEF following the kissing scandal, according to media reports.
This will initially affect Spain’s Nations League games next Thursday against Sweden and on September 26 against Switzerland, state broadcaster RTVE and other Spanish media reported unanimously on Friday. The 41 athletes informed the association of their decision by telephone just hours before new coach Monse Thomé was introduced.
The players believe that the resignation of RFEF President Luis Rubiales, who kissed world champion Jennifer Hermoso on the lips without being asked, and the separation from coach Jorge Vilda were not enough. Among other things, they called for the dismissal of the association’s general secretary, Andreu Camps, as well as the press service staff, who, shortly after the awards ceremony in Sydney, issued a statement from the association in which Hermoso was told that she had not said what the Mundo newspaper had written Deportivo.” Rubiales had to appear on Friday for questioning before a judge at the State Court of Madrid, who rejected the charges against him.
Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine
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