The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) once again finds itself facing a wave of backlash from many over their handling of a dispute between the majority of the Spanish women’s team and the coach, Jorge Vilda.
They feel they are being held back by low standards of professionalism and are unhappy with both the atmosphere and the management of injuries by Vilda.
OL Reign’s Megan Rapinoe publicly indicates, via IG, her support for the 15 players of the Spanish WNT who are protesting head coach Jorge Vilda ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/fSpIwhZ5xL
— Bella Valeriano Munson (@munson_bella) September 23, 2022
The RFEF have publicly backed Vilda and say that the players will not return until they accept their error and apologise.
Online the reaction has been largely negative towards the RFEF and now two icons of the women’s game have joined in with those voices.
This is so hard to watch knowing the federation is throwing their players under the bus for players asking for better protection, treatment, and professionalism. Players(the BEST players in Spain) deserve so much better. https://t.co/k9L4kkb0IZ
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) September 24, 2022
It threatens to be another public relations disaster for the RFEF, who have had to answer to the accusations of corruption in recent against President Luis Rubiales in recent months.