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Megan Rapinoe backs Spain women’s team after 15 players resign over managerial abuse

As 15 players from Spain’s national women’s soccer team threaten to resign, they have attracted the attention of athletes around the world.

One of the players supporting the team is USA women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe, who posted on Instagram her support for the 15 Spain players who are threatening to resign.

“You’ve got a 16th standing room with you [America]. So many players together is so powerful. We should all listen. ‘ Rapinoe posted on her Instagram story.

The players said they took the action because head coach Jorge Vilda’s management style was affecting their mental health.

The RFEF has subsequently issued a strongly worded statement, condemning the selected players to have committed a “very serious offense” by refusing to play for the country.

The threats of resignation could also result in a ban of up to five years from the national team and the RFEF has demanded an apology from all players involved.

Meanwhile, Spain have said they will use players from lower age brackets to fill their squad.

The statement from the Spanish Football Federation read: “The RFEF can confirm that during the day today we have received 15 emails from 15 players of the women’s soccer team … in which they indicate that the current situation is affecting their emotional state and their Health “significantly” affected and that “unless reversed” they are eliminated from the Spanish national team.

“The RFEF will not allow the players to question the continuity of the national team coach and his coaching staff as these decisions do not fall within their authority.”

According to reports from Spain, Manchester United stars Ona Batlle and Lucia Garcia were among the senders of the emails, alongside Manchester City players Laia Aleixandri and Leila Ouahabi.

Six Barcelona players also threatened to leave the national team, although it is believed captain Irene Paredes and Ballon D’Or winner Alexia Putellas were not among them.

The RFEF, which has not revealed the identities of the 15 stars, has pledged its full support to the manager and urged players not to return to the team unless they “realize their mistake and ask for forgiveness”.

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