Jorge Vilda, Spain’s World Cup-winning coach, has criticized Luis Rubiales, the suspended president of the football federation, calling the moment he kissed squad member Jenni Hermoso “inappropriate and unacceptable.”
Rubiales, the President of the Spanish Football Organization (RFEF), has been temporarily suspended by FIFA following kissing Hermoso on the lips while she gathered her award after Spain’s 1-0 last win over Britain in Sydney last Sunday.
Hermoso stated on Friday that she did not consent to the kiss, and on Saturday afternoon, the incident continued with the mass resignation of the Spain women’s coaching staff—with the exception of Vilda.
His name was obviously missing from the rundown of abdications, yet he has now ended his quiet on occasions.
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In an explanation distributed in Marca, Vilda said: ” The occurrences that have occurred since Spain won the Women’s World Cup for the first time in its history have been nothing short of absurd. They have resulted in an unprecedented circumstances, tarnishing a victory that our players and our nation deserved.
“I deeply regret that the victory of Spanish women’s football has been harmed by the inappropriate behaviour that our until now president, Luis Rubiales, has carried out and that he himself has acknowledged.
“There is no doubt that it is unacceptable and does not reflect at all the principles and values that I defend in my life, in sport in general and in football in particular.
“A clearly undesirable climate has been generated, far from what should have been a great celebration of Spanish sport and women’s sport.
“My work as the women’s national coach and sports director of the women’s national team has always been aimed at achieving sporting success, but also at promoting initiatives that promote inclusion, respect and equity.
“I reiterate my unwavering commitment to promoting a sport that is a model of equality and respect in our society.”
Spain assistant managers Montse Tome, Javier Lerga and Eugenio Gonzalo Martin were among those to have decided to stand down from their positions.