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USWNT great calls the absence of Spain’s Las 15 ‘f–king sad’

Spain coach Jorge Vilda was at the center of the players' reasons for boycotting the Spanish national team last year. (Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Heather O’Reilly is calling out the Spanish federation for some of Spain’s best players not being at the World Cup.

After Spain won its first-ever World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over England on Sunday, O’Reilly wrote on social media that one day she hopes to “know the whole story” behind Spain’s internal conflict. A group of 15 players boycotted the national team last year, and just three returned for the World Cup, over a dispute with the Spanish federation and head coach Jorge Vilda.

“Not to be a downer on day of celebration, but I have been working on holding multiple feeling at the same time and allowing space emotional growth and security,” the former USWNT star wrote. “To that end. Let me express some things that I think are bulls—t. …

“F–king sad that some of the best players in Spain are not there. I hope one day we know the whole story as it is hard to comment or speculate on limited information. But it’s a bummer, and must have been bad.”

O’Reilly also called out FIFA president Gianni Infantino for his comments about how women need to convince men to invest in women’s sports.

“I have been involved in some [FIFA] programs lately and they are doing some very positive things. There are wonderful people there that care about the game deeply,” she wrote. “But how is a Gianni going to tell a group of women to “pick the right battles and convince us” dear f–ing god.”