Jenni feels left out after not being included in Spain squad; her exclusion is said to be "for her own protection".

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September 19th 2023.

Jenni feels left out after not being included in Spain squad; her exclusion is said to be
Jennifer Hermoso was left out of Spain's squad 'for her own protection' - a decision that Jenni Hermoso believes is proof that 'nothing has changed' at the country's federation even after the resignation of its president over the Women's World Cup kiss scandal.

Earlier on Monday, the majority of Spain's World Cup winning squad were selected for upcoming games, however, the players said they would continue their boycott due to Luis Rubiales kissing Hermoso on the lips during the trophy presentation ceremony in Australia. If the players refuse the call-up they could face fines of up 30,000 euros and the suspension of their federation license for two to fifteen years under Spain's Sports Act.

Victor Francos, the head of Spain's government national sports agency, stated that the government must apply the law if the players do not show up. Jenni Hermoso responded by saying that the players had been 'caught by surprise' by the call-ups and were forced to react to 'yet another unfortunate situation caused by the people who continue to make decision within the RFEF'.

Hermoso asked who she needed protection from, saying in a statement on X social media that the players were certain that the call-ups were 'yet another strategy of division and manipulation to intimidate and threaten us with legal repercussion and economic sanctions'.

Montse Tome, who has replaced Jorge Vilda as coach of the national team, explained that the reason why Hermoso was left out of the squad was because of the intense media attention she had received in the past month. Tome said that they stand with Jenni and the best way to protect her is to not call her up.

It is clear that the federation still needs to make structural changes in order to clarify who is responsible for the behaviour the players have brought to light. Jenni Hermoso has been put in a difficult situation, and it is time to force change in order to protect her and the rest of the players.

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