Spain’s World Cup-winning coach Jorge Vilda has slammed suspended Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, describing the moment he kissed team member Jennifer Hermoso as “inappropriate and unacceptable”.
The entire Filda coaching staff They quit in protest of Rubiales But Filda himself did not step aside, despite his recent statements.
The coach was seen applauding at the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Spanish Federation on Friday Rubiales gave an emphatic speech in which he repeatedly insisted that he would not resign and claimed he was the victim of “social assassination”.
The two were allies after Rubiales sided with Vilda in September 2022 when 15 national team players walked out of the squad, saying the manager’s management was affecting their emotional state and health.
Of those fifteen, only three chose to return to the Spain squad that beat England in the final in Sydney.
Filda issued a statement on Saturday night saying: “I deeply regret that the victory of Spanish women’s football has been damaged by the inappropriate behavior of our supreme captain so far, Luis Rubiales, which he himself has admitted.”
He added, “There is no doubt that this matter 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.”
“I condemn without a doubt any patriarchal attitude, (which should) be far from an advanced and developed society.
“A clearly unfavorable atmosphere has created, far from what should have been a grand celebration of Spanish sport and women’s sport.
“I reiterate my unwavering commitment to promoting sport, which is a model of equality and respect in our society.”
FIFA has Temporarily suspended The 46-year-old Rubiales, a former Levante player in La Liga, will be out of any football-related activities for an initial 90 days.
The Spanish government has it too Legal proceedings were initiated with the aim of putting him out of business.
Felda is now the only coach from the women’s national team to remain in his position, as assistant coaches Montse Tomé, Javier Lerga and Eugenio Gonzalo Martín, physiotherapist Blanca Romero Moraleda and goalkeeper coach Carlos Sanchez all resigned from their positions earlier on Saturday.
About 81 Spanish players, including all 23 World Cup winners, have said they will not play for the national team again while Rubiales is in charge.
Rubiales claimed that the kiss with Pachuca striker Hermoso, 33, was consensual, which she strongly denied in a statement.
Then the Spanish Football Federation issued an impressive statement on Friday night Threatening legal action against Hermoso for her “lies”.
Like Vilda, Luis de la Fuente, the men’s national team coach, also praised Rubiales’ speech on Friday before issuing a statement criticizing him.