Players union to report Rayo Vallecano to Spanish government after women’s team play without a doctor


The Spanish Players Union (AFE) will report the women of Rayo Vallecano to the country’s Ministry of Labor and Social Security for not having a doctor with the team on Sunday when they fell 2-0 against Athletic Bilbao .

Rayo defender Camila Saez received a blow to the head in the 55th minute of Primera Iberdrola’s game after colliding with Naroa Uriarte of Bilbao.

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The match was interrupted for four minutes as both players were treated by Athletic’s doctor as Rayo “lacked a doctor”, according to the referee’s report.

Saez was later replaced due to a cut to the head, while Uriarte continued to play after receiving the nod from the medical team.

The referee’s report will be one of the documents that AFE will include in its complaint in accordance with the collective agreement signed in February 2020, where all clubs must have an occupational risk prevention plan which in this case does not have not applied.

AFE said she believes Saez, who is in his fourth season at Rayo, has not received the required coverage from his club.

“All our support to our colleague Camila Saez”, the organization said in a press release “We wish you a speedy and satisfactory recovery. Rayo Femenino’s situation is unsustainable. AFE will report the appropriate complaint for non-compliance with the prevention of occupational hazards.”

Rayo players reported last week that their current work situation was “not suitable for a premier league club” and called on AFE to take action to “defend their rights”.

In their complaint, the players of Rayo Femenino indicated that they work “in a scenario of great inequality, in terms of facilities, material and personnel, compared to their colleagues of the first men’s team”.

“To date, we do not have basic sports equipment or a gym where we can do our professional work on a daily basis,” said the players. “Likewise, we have no medical services, a doctor and a physiotherapist to accompany us during the season.”

Madrid’s Ministry of Labor and Social Security in October accepted a complaint lodged by players from Rayo Vallecano Femenino via AFE for not being registered with social security at the start of the season.


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