Fri 23 September 2022 | 18:36

RFEF backs Vilda as Spain’s women's coach amid 15 players' complaint

Earlier, 15 senior Spain players filed complaints against their manager for “sporting reasons”. Now, RFF confirms Vilda will keep his job as the opposed players will be excluded from further selection.

After a disappointing

Euro campaign

, the RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation) announced on Thursday that 15 members of Spain's women's team have submitted their resignation via email due to the impacts on their "emotional state" and "health", targeting the head coach

Jorge Vilda



Ana Alvarez

, director of women's football at the RFEF confirmed the association will support their head coach while confirming the opposing players won't be selected for


national team anymore.

Alvarez told


on Friday:

"We will not tolerate this kind of pressure. In their communications they make clear what their situation is. And we listen to them, of course. We will attend to your request not to be called up.

"Jorge Vilda will make a list in which these 15 players will not feature, as they themselves wish, for their well-argued and respected reasons. Today it is unquestionable. We trust him and his work."




insists it would be "in bad taste" and "not reality" to suggest there was anything more than sporting reasons for the women's opposition, the cause of their dissatisfaction with


has not been disclosed.

Frowning on speculation, Alvarez added:

"What is being insinuated is that something more serious is happening beyond sports. We emphatically deny it. We find it in bad taste to imply that there may be something more."



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