Spain Women’s Soccer Stars Refuse to Play in Dispute Over Coach

Spain’s federation rejected the players’ demand to fire the coach, Jorge Vilda, and said the players must apologize as a condition of their return to the team.

Fifteen players on Spain’s national women’s soccer team have said they will not play under its current coach, sparking a public mutiny that drew a stern rebuke from the Spanish soccer federation.

The 15 players this week wrote identical letters, according to a statement released by the federation on Thursday, in which they threatened to quit the national team unless their coach, Jorge Vilda, was fired. The athletes, according to news reports in Spain, are frustrated at several aspects of Vilda’s approach, and the

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