Senior players, Alvaro Morata, Cesar Azpilicueta, Rodri, and Marco Asensio recently had their say via a statement, and fans have been reacting.
According to the players, they absolutely reject the unacceptable behaviour on the part of Mr. Rubiales, and it is a shame to see how he has not lived up to the institution he represents.
They added that the Spanish women team should be proud of their status as world champions, rather than focus on the negatives that trailed their success.
It read, “Once concentrated in Las Rozas, the National Team players want to highlight several issues regarding the latest events that have damaged the image of Spanish football.
First of all, we want to convey, once again, our pride and our most sincere congratulations to the women’s national team for the title of World Champions in Sydney.
A historical milestone full of meaning that will mark a before and after in Spanish women’s football, inspiring many women with a triumph of incalculable value. For this reason, we want to regret and express our solidarity with the players who have seen their success tarnished.
We want to reject what we consider unacceptable behaviour on the part of Mr. Rubiales, who has not lived up to the institution he represents.
We place ourselves firmly and clearly on the side of the values that sport represents. Spanish football must be an engine of respect, inspiration, inclusion and diversity and must set an example with its conduct both on and off the field.
From today, we face a decisive concentration for the future of Spanish football on our way to qualify for Euro 2024 with two games against Georgia and Cyprus. We would like that, from now on, we could focus on sporting issues given the relevance of the challenges that lie ahead.”
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