On Monday, new manager Montse Tomé unveiled the Spanish squad for the Nations League matches against Sweden (Friday) and Switzerland (Tuesday), two games that are also qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
15 of the 23 World Cup players who won gold this summer are in the squad and are expected to come to Gothenburg on Friday. But the question is whether they will actually do so.
On Monday evening, several of them issued a statement deploring the situation and saying that they will seek legal advice through the Spanish players' union in order to decline the national team gathering.
In the open letter, the players pointed out that they do not want to play Friday's game and that the boycott has not been canceled.
"We are professional elite players, and after everything that has happened today, we will find out what legal action we can take. This after being put on a list against our will, something that we have announced publicly and clearly," the players wrote, referring to Monday's squad selection.
Spanish newspaper Marca reports that players selected for the national team who decline risk fines of up to SEK 358,000. In addition, they can be suspended between two and fifteen years.
"We regret that our federation once again puts us in a situation we never wanted," the players wrote jointly.
According to several Spanish media, the squad will gather at 11.30 on Tuesday.