The Rayo Vallecano players have reported to the AFE, the association of Spanish footballers and its President, David Aganzo, the situation in which they find themselves, without even being registered with Social Security. The AFE has shown them all its support and they are already studying legal measures to put pressure on the club. One of those promoted by the association has been to report the situation to the labor inspectorate, since the players have been training and competing since August 2 without a work contract.
From Rayo, they affirm that they are not obliged to register the players, since the training sessions are voluntary. But the footballers risk their physical integrity in training and an injury could separate them from their respective jobs and they would not be protected.
Women’s football is here to stay in professional sports. For this reason, those clubs that do not understand it or do not want to promote it, should not legitimately have women’s football sections. We cannot have this situation in 2021 in which elite athletes are not even covered by Social Security. The players do not ask to be paid the same as men, if not a dignified and fair treatment, in order to be able to develop elite sports practice with guarantees.
Arguments of the type “they do not charge, because they do not generate” are read and heard, something that seems very hypocritical to me, considering that men’s football is charging more than what is generated, and as proof of this is the rescue that La Liga is going to having to do, through the entry of an investment fund, to the clubs to be able to pay the debts that are not only due to COVID-19, since most teams have been in debt for decades.
Women’s football needs investment to grow, and if there are clubs that are not willing to do so, then let them leave their place to teams and entities that are.