- Chronicle The grotesque in the concentration of the women's team: meeting with the Government, anger, a 'bunker' and fields without artificial light
The women's team will travel to Sweden to play the first match of the Nations League with 21 of the 23 players who were called up on Monday by coach Montse Tomé. That was the agreement reached by the players, with the presence of the president of their union, Futpro, and the RFEF with the mediation of the Higher Sports Council.
Only two players, whose identity is still unknown will be called up and will leave in the next few hours the concentration of Oliva because they are not in a mood to continue and will be replaced by two players who will call Tomé.
The decision was announced by the president of the CSD, Víctor Francos, at five in the morning at the gates of the Valencian resort.
"We have had very cordial meetings, with a very friendly and constructive tone in which the players have expressed themselves freely, and we have reached agreements that tomorrow will be drafted and signed," Francos said.
The first of these is to create a "mixed tripartite commission that will ensure compliance with the agreements that have to do, in the case of the CSD, with the development of the Sports Law."
The second is that the RFEF will make a series of changes that will be announced in the coming hours and that entail the departure of personnel from the federative structure and the replica for the environment of the men's team for the women's, as confirmed by the president of the women's football commission, Rafael Del Amo.
Among these changes, although he did not ratify it, will also be the dismissal of the secretary general, Andreu Camps.
These agreements satisfy the Government and also the players, as stated by the president of Futpro, Amanda Gutiérrez, who considered them "the beginning of an understanding" that ends the open gap.
Until reaching this agreement, there were meetings of more than six hours of the 23 players, 15 of them World Champions, first with Víctor Francos, to which the representatives of the RFEF joined, and then only them with the technical staff headed by Montse Tomé.
Víctor Francos, president of the CSD, and Rafael del Amo, president of the RFEF. DAVID OLLERARABA PRESS
The CSD was transferred that they were in this concentration, to which they arrived tired, tense and very serious, forced under the threat of sanction and received the support of Francos, who considered the attitude of the RFEF "unacceptable" and made the president of the Women's Committee, Rafael Del Amo, and the director of football, Ana Álvarez, see that they should allow those players who wanted to leave the concentration. But they wanted a written guarantee that they would not be sanctioned for it.
To avoid the disbandment, led by the Barça players, who were accompanied to Oliva by two directors of the club, the RFEF announced that it was moving tab and began to execute the changes they claimed in their statement last Friday. The departure, already consummated, of Rubiales and Jorge Vilda and the remodeling of the presidential cabinet will be joined in the next few hours by the dismissal of the secretary general, Andreu Camps and the head of the Integrity department, Miguel García Caba. The changes in communication materialized, for the moment, in the absence in the concentration of the team of four people that accompanies the women's team. They went to Oliva but did not even set foot in the resort of Oliva Nova.
For some players, the announced changes, which were not executed, could be enough, but not for all. In fact, Del Amo acknowledged that he had "perceived a certain division" between them.
Alexia Putellas arrives at the concentration hotel in Oliva (Valencia).
At one o'clock in the morning, the meeting with Francos and the RFEF ended. In fact, the president of the CSD let himself be seen on the phone at the door of the hotel and chatted in the hall with Del Amo. Meanwhile, the players returned to a room to meet with Tomé and his assistants. They had a lot to say to each other, especially the internationals wanted to know why he put them in this situation and why he said he had talked to them if he didn't talk to all of them.
Despite the fear that the players did not support the coach, from the RFEF they rushed to leak that her position was never in danger.
At 3:36 in the morning, Tomé left the meeting and Amanda Gutiérrez, from the Futpro union, joined to advise the players and unify positions.
After a grotesque day, the solution does not seem to make the selection stronger. In fact, the wear and tear of the grotesque trips, the impossibility of training and the fact that on Thursday they have to travel to Gothenburg make a match against Sweden a danger.
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