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Spain’s World Cup-winning squad to continue boycott of national team

All but two of Spain’s 23-strong World Cup-winning squad have signed a statement saying “not enough” has been done to make them feel safe and respected and said that they will not be available for selection for the national team.

In a two-page statement the players express their “enormous dissatisfaction” at the events that followed their World Cup win, including the controversial kiss by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales of Jenni Hermoso and the events at the body’s extraordinary assembly. They have demanded more structural change, beyond the resignation of the disgraced Rubiales and sacking of the divisive manager Jorge Vilda.
Suzanne Wrack