On Monday 18 September 2023, Spanish footballer Jenni Hermoso was not chosen for the 1st squad announced due to the fact the scandal involving her and ex-federation president Luis Rubiales. This selection was created by new Spain head coach Montse Tome, who stated that she had spoken to Hermoso and chose not to contain her in order to “protect her”.
Following the Women’s Planet Cup victory, exactly where Hermoso was kissed on the lips by Rubiales in the course of celebrations in Sydney immediately after defeating England, the complete Planet Cup-winning group went on strike. They named for reforms and new leadership inside the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) immediately after Rubiales initially refused to resign ahead of sooner or later stepping down.
Final Friday, 21 out of the 23 players involved in the tournament, such as Hermoso, declared that the strike would continue till their demands for structural reform at the RFEF had been met. In spite of Rubiales’ resignation, the players believed that not all of their demands had been addressed.
Nonetheless, Montse Tome has named up 15 players from the Planet Cup-winning squad for the upcoming Nations League matches against Sweden and Switzerland. Hermoso, along with seven other players, will be absent from the squad. It remains unclear regardless of whether it was Hermoso herself who requested not to be named up.
Amongst the other players missing from the squad are captain Ivana Andres, Irene Guerrero, Mariona Caldentey, Laia Codina, Alba Redondo, Rocio Galvez, and Claudia Zornoza. Tome described that she had spoken to all the Planet Cup-winning players she had chosen and anticipated them to report to the coaching camp on Tuesday. Despite the fact that no player had expressed a want not to be named up, it is uncertain regardless of whether they have agreed to finish their boycott.