Madrid — The new coach of the Spanish women’s team called on Monday 15 of the world champions to their team, although none has publicly expressed the end of their boycott of the national team.
Jenni Hermosothe forward who received a kiss on the lips from the former president of the federation Luis Rubiales, was not cited. The controversy over the kiss caused an institutional crisis and embarrassed the image of Spanish football, in addition to the eventual resignation of Rubiales.
The selector Montse Tome He explained that he spoke with Hermoso and it was decided not to summon her. “We have believed that the best way to protect it is like this. We have Jenni,” said Tome.
Tome, who during the recent World Cup served as assistant to the former coach Jorge Vildadid not clarify whether Hermoso had asked not to be summoned.
A total of 39 players, including 21 of the 23 who won the World Cup last month, signed a statement in which they refuse to play for the national team until a series of demands for changes to the structures of women’s football are met.
They demanded profound reforms and new leadership after Rubiales refused to resign for kissing Hermoso at the awards ceremony after the final in Sydney. Rubiales ended up resigning, but the players insist that not all of his demands have been met.
Tome pointed out that he consulted with each of the world champions he called up and that he hopes that they will report to training on Tuesday with a view to the matches against Sweden and Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League.
Montse Tome, about the absence of Jenni Hermoso in the National Team.
💬 “The first thing to say is that we are with Jenni in everything. (…) We have believed that the best way to protect her in this call is like this. We count on Jenni.” pic.twitter.com/zJfetjICbc
— Relay (@relevo) September 18, 2023
He assured that none of them asked him not to be summoned, but did not specify if the boycott had ended.
“I trust that the players are professionals, they come from being world champions, they love the profession,” Tome highlighted. “Being in the Spanish National Team is a privilege and I know they will be with us.”