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The players of Spain and Sweden have unfurled together at the beginning of the match between both teams a banner with the slogan #SeAcabó and the phrase Our fight is the global fight (Our fight is a global fight). "It's over" is the cry that spread after the non-consensual kiss of the former president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, to the player Jenni Hermoso after winning the World Cup. The mobilization of the players has led to the departure of Rubiales himself and some of his closest collaborators in the RFEF. This Friday, the federation has communicated the dismissal to the director of Integrity, Miguel García Caba. The furbolists had pointed to him as responsible for the report that exonerated Rubiales of the kiss. The Women's Institute, under the Ministry of Equality, has warned for its part that the exclusion of Hermoso from this call against Sweden is not legal, being a worker who has reported a situation of harassment in a professional activity.
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The Spanish team exercises in Gothenburg. / Bjorn Larsson Rosvall / EFE
The match between Spain and Sweden begins, follow it live
The Spanish soccer team faces Sweden in its first meeting in the Nations League after the victory of the players in the World Cup and in the midst of their mobilization against the federation.
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ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 18: 42
The players of the national teams of Spain and Sweden unfurl a banner: "It's over. Our struggle is a global struggle."
The players of the national teams of Sweden and Spain have unfurled a banner at the beginning of the match that has just begun in which you could read "I know it's over. Our struggle is a global struggle." The first part of the slogan has become a symbol representing the players' weariness and they have used it repeatedly to express their grievances against the federation. They have also written it on an armband that the Spanish players have shown in the photo that they have taken prior to the match.
Both teams face each other in a competition in which they seek a place for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. This is the first match of the Spanish team after the controversy over the non-consensual kiss of the former president of the football federation Luis Rubiales to the player Jenni Hermoso. The players play in the middle of their mobilization against the federation.
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 18: 46
The players are already on the field
The players of the Spanish football team are already in the field of Gamla Ullevi, in Guthenburg (Sweden). "We're already here," says the selection on the X network (formerly Twitter). It is the first match of the players after being proclaimed world champions in Australia.
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 17: 30
Ladislao J. Moñino
The federation communicates the dismissal to the director of Integrity who prepared the exculpatory report of Rubiales
The Royal Spanish Football Federation has announced the director of integrity and deputy secretary general, Miguel García Caba, that he will be dismissed, according to several sources consulted by this newspaper. There are still some steps to go before this exit is effective. This move comes after the dismissal of Secretary General Andreu Camps on Wednesday.
García Caba was pointed out by the Spanish internationals as responsible for the report that exculpated Luis Rubiales of his non-consensual kiss to Jennifer Hermoso. The document presented the resigned president as a victim of the impulses of the attacked footballer.
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 15: 45
The 'Rubiales case'
The judge of the 'Rubiales case' cites as witnesses three teammates of Jennifer Hermoso
J. J. Galvez
The National Court keeps the former president of the RFEF charged for a crime of sexual assault for the kiss to the player and for alleged subsequent coercion
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 14: 57
Equality warns that it is not legal to exclude Hermoso from the call of the National Team after having denounced harassment
The Women's Institute, under the Ministry of Equality, has warned that the exclusion of a worker who has reported a situation of harassment from the performance of a professional activity is not a practice covered by Spanish legislation, "nor does it help to create the basic conditions for an egalitarian dialogue".
This was stated on Friday by the Women's Institute in a statement on gender discrimination in Spanish football, after the Spanish international Jenni Hermoso was not summoned on Monday in the first list of the coach Montse Tomé, who justified that he did not summon the player to "protect" her. "Protect me from what? Or from whom?" asked Jenni Hermoso in a statement published after the statements of the new coach. "We have been looking for weeks, months, for that protection that within the RFEF itself we have not been able to find. The same people who ask us for confidence are the ones who launch a list with players who have asked to be not called," he added. The player of the Spanish National Team formalized a complaint against the now suspended president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, for the kiss on the mouth that he gave her at the trophy ceremony of the World Cup held in Australia. (EP)
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 14: 34
J. J. GalvezEFE
The National Court summons three companions of Hermoso to testify for the non-consensual kiss of Rubiales
The judge of the National Court Francisco de Jorge, who investigates the facts related to the kiss of the former president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Luis Rubiales to the player of the selection Jennifer Hermoso, has summoned as witnesses for the days 25, 28 September and 2 October to several relatives of the footballer to testify as witnesses.
Among them, three teammates of the football team, as well as two defense experts who will go to the National Court to ratify the report provided by Rubiales' lawyer to the court. Some of these statements will be held by videoconference. Likewise, the Central Court of Instruction 1 of the National Court has already received through the Embassy of Australia, thanks to the rapid collaboration of its authorities, the certificate of the content of all the crimes of the Criminal Code of that country in relation to the facts investigated and that are applicable in the State of New South Wales.
These new summonses join those of four other officials of the Federation who have already been called by the judge. They are the Director of Marketing, Rubén Rivera; the head of press of the women's team, Patricia Pérez; the Director of Integrity Miguel García Caba; and the director of the men's team, Albert Luque. For some of them the Prosecutor's Office asked Rubiales during his statement as investigated before the judge and the former president of the RFEF denied that they had pressured the player Jenni Hermoso to publicly justify the kiss on the mouth that his then superior gave him at the World Cup medal ceremony in Sydney
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 14: 39
ERC asks in Congress to end the obligation of the calls of the Spanish team
Esquerra Republicana (ERC) has registered a non-legislative proposal in Congress to end the obligation to attend calls of the Spanish football team and other sports, in such a way that it is only a voluntary option of the athlete. It is an old claim of the Catalan separatists that has been registered in line with the complaints of a good part of the players of the selection, who have admitted that they went "by obligation" to the call of the coach Montse Tomé, since dropping off could imply sanctions and up to 30,000 euros and even the suspension of their federative license.
The initiative consists of an amendment to the Sports Law so that the presence of any player in the selection ceases to be considered a duty and is exclusively a right, while establishing the ability of free choice of any athlete to decide whether to attend or renounce the call. The text, registered in Catalan and Spanish, must be qualified by the Bureau of Congress for referral to the Government, which has veto power in legislative initiatives that may involve an increase in spending or a decrease in budget revenues, and then it can be debated in the Plenary of the Chamber to decide whether or not to initiate its parliamentary processing. (EP)
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 12: 21
Much more than football: when world champions assumed they couldn't just be players
Aware of their role in the struggle for women's rights, Alexia Putellas and Irene Paredes face the pulse with the federation on the eve of facing Sweden, which joins the protest
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 11: 45
The calendar, a burden also for the players
Female players are injured 1.5 to three times more than men
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 11: 15
Add labeled as "unacceptable" the "blackmail" of the RFEF to the players
The first deputy spokesperson of Sumar in the Congress of Deputies, Aina Vidal, has denounced this Friday in RNE that the reaction of the Spanish Football Federation to the demands of the players of the selection "is being regrettable" and the "blackmail" to the players "unacceptable".
Vidal believes that the controversy surrounding the women's soccer team in the last month shows that "society has changed" and that situations that were previously "completely normalized and accepted" are no longer tolerated because "we are not willing to do so." However, he interprets that "there is reluctance and a Spain that still resists changes." (Servimedia)
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 10: 55
The strongest in the world
Most of the time the big changes come in a difficult way, controversial and even with internal divisions.
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 10: 45
Good morning. The players of the women's soccer team play this Friday against Sweden their first match since winning the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, a month ago. The match will be held at the Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg and will be broadcast at 18.30 on TVE.
ACT.22 SEP 2023 - 10: 24
The National Team trains after the appearance of the captains
The Spanish National Team trains normally at the Gamla Ullevi stadium, in Gothenburg, after the press conference in which the captains have spoken
ACT.21 SEP 2023 - 20: 46
The press conference of the Spanish National Team ends
The press conference of the Spanish National Team in Gothenburg has ended. First the coach, Montse Tomé, spoke, and then the players Alexia Putellas and Irene Paredes intervened.
ACT.21 SEP 2023 - 18: 51
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