- Jenni Hermoso issued a damning statement against the Spanish Federation
- The World Cup winner has been left out of the next Spanish women’s team.
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Jenni Hermoso has hit back at suggestions from new Spain head coach Montse Tome that she was not picked for the next Nations League squad in a bid to “protect” her.
The 33-year-old joins a host of World Cup winners who are not included in the squad after many refused to be called up due to the ongoing crisis surrounding the women’s team and the Spanish FA.
Two leaders of the Spanish federation are now preparing to sue the 39 stars of the women’s team for defamation after refusing to be called up to the national team, according to reports in Spain.
Meanwhile, Luis Rubiales – who was seen kissing Hermoso on the podium after the World Cup final – announced his resignation, although he still pleads his innocence as he fights charges sexual assault and coercion.
Hermoso criticized the FA’s explanation for its absence in a lengthy retort on social media where she called the decision “another divisive and manipulative strategy”.
Jenni Hermoso has hit back at the Spanish FA after she was not selected for Spain’s upcoming Nations League matches.
New Spain coach Montse Tome said Hermoso’s omission was to “protect” the player.
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“Protect me from what? » Hermoso began his damning statement with.
” Let’s be clear ; a statement was made today saying that the environment within the federation would be safe for my colleagues to return, but at the same press conference it was announced that they would not call me to protect me.
“Protect me from what? And from whom? We have been looking for weeks, even months, for protection against the RFEF which never arrived.
“Those who are now asking us to trust them are the same ones who today revealed the list of players who asked not to be called up,” Hermoso said.
“Players are convinced that this is yet another divisive and manipulative strategy aimed at intimidating us and threatening us with legal repercussions and economic sanctions. This is even more compelling evidence that today Even today, nothing has changed.
Hermoso (middle) called the selection decision “another divisive and manipulative strategy.”
“I want to once again show my full support to my colleagues who were surprised and forced to react to another unfortunate situation caused by those who continue to make decisions within the RFEF.
“This is why we fight and why we do it this way,” she added.
Hermoso has been in the spotlight since she was embraced on the World Cup final podium by now-resigned Spanish FA president Rubiales.
Spain travel to face Sweden in their Nations League opener on Friday before welcoming Switzerland to Cordoba.