- Pique, Sergio Ramos and Busquets threatened to quit Spain duty if the team director was sacked by the Spanish FA
- Maria Jose Claramunt was eventually relieved of her duties by acting Spanish FA president Juan Luis Larrea
- Larrea is now banned from the dressing room and did not congratulate the team on Spain's qualification for the 2018 World Cup
There is trouble in the Span national team set up following the sacking of team director Maria Jose Claramunt by the Spanish FA (RFEF).
The 2010 World Cup winners might have qualified for the 2018 showpiece event but they could be without three of their most important players.
According to Marca, acting RFEF president Juan Luis Larrea informed the team of his plans to sack Claramunt over a squad meal ahead of La Roja's game with Liechtenstein earlier in the season and players immediately let it known they were not happy.
It is understood that Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets threatened to quit the national team duty if Claramunt was sacked by the Spanish FA (RFEF).
The senior trio stayed behind after their colleagues left to talk personally to Larrea and indicated they could retire if Claramunt, a highly popular figure within the team setup, was fired.
On Thursday, october 19, the team director was sacked and reports from Spain suggest the players could go through with their threat.
The RFEF acting president is banned from the dressing room and made no public congratulations about Spain's qualification or Busquets' 100th cap.
La Roja are currently among the favorites to win the 2018 title alongside Germany, Brazil and France.