The Spanish Gamers’ Affiliation [AFE] has accused the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation [RFEF] of undervaluing the ladies’s recreation, saying Barcelona had been “victims of clear discrimination” following their Tremendous Cup victory.
The RFEF drew criticism on Sunday for the awards ceremony after Barcelona beat Actual Sociedad 3-0 within the Spanish Tremendous Cup ultimate. Captain Marta Torrejon collected the trophy from the stands on her personal, whereas her teammates collected their very own medals from a field on the facet of the pitch.
In an announcement launched on Sunday, the RFEF stated it had used the identical protocol within the males’s recreation beforehand, however the AFE stated the Federation just isn’t selling equality in girls’s sport.
“Barcelona and Real Sociedad players were undervalued when collecting their medals,” an AFE assertion learn. “The RFEF did not recognise the finalists as they deserved. A few days earlier, in Saudi Arabia, their [male counterparts] were recognised as they deserved with the RFEF president presenting the medals on the pitch after the men’s Super Cup.
“Barca and Actual Sociedad’s [women] didn’t obtain the identical remedy. They’re the victims of clear discrimination and it left a lamentable picture that can’t be repeated.
“Spain’s Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Higher Sports Council cannot and should not ignore these types of events when a new law [Ley del Deporte] — which the AFE has corroborated on — includes essential components for the promotion of equality between men and women.”
The RFEF’s assertion stated on Sunday the identical protocol had been utilized in final season’s Copa del Rey ultimate between Actual Betis and Valencia, in addition to within the 2022 Ladies’s Tremendous Cup ultimate.
Following the continued fallout all through Monday, although, an extra remark was posted on social media to reject the accusations of discrimination.
“We regret the controversy that has been generated,” the RFEF stated. “We can assure that there is no discrimination or different treatment of genders. In the Copa finals last season, the women received their medals; the men didn’t.
“These choices are based mostly on the specifics of the stadiums used and the safety in place. There may be all the time room to mirror and enhance. We’re the primary to search for excellence in Spanish soccer, each within the males’s and the ladies’s recreation.”
The RFEF can be in dispute with 15 members of the ladies’s nationwide workforce, who’ve stated they don’t want to be chosen till severe adjustments are made to the present setup.
In an e mail, the gamers, who haven’t performed for his or her nation since September, defined that representing Spain within the setting was affecting each their well being and emotional state and that they didn’t intend to return till an answer was discovered.