Spanish women’s football in turmoil after player rebellion

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Spanish football is in turmoil after 15 players from the women’s national team were pulled out of the team after their coach said their “emotional state” and their health “significantly” affected .

Late on Thursday, the federation announced that 15 players had sent similar letters by email, citing coach Jorge Vilda because of the problems.

The emails sent by the players on Friday were published by the local media. The federation confirmed to The Associated Press that the email was genuine and the names of 15 players, including Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putelas, were not included.

The email did not explicitly demand the removal of Wilda. It said “the general condition of the Spanish national team arising out of recent events, events of which (the federation) is aware, are greatly affecting my emotional state and therefore my health.”

“Because of this, I currently do not consider myself available for our national team and therefore ask not to call until this situation changes.”

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