Friday, September 29, 2023

Spain head coach Jorge Vilda slams ‘inappropriate’ Luis Rubiales kiss after his coaching team resigned

Spain Women’s head coach Jorge Vilda has hit out at the ‘inappropriate and unacceptable’ conduct of Spanish FA chairman Luis Rubiales.

Rubiales has been at the centre of a storm during the last seven days after inappropriately kissing Spain star Jenni Hermoso following their World Cup final victory over the Lionesses last Sunday.

Vilda has written a statement condemning the actions of RubialesGetty

Rubiales has been at the centre of a huge storm after kissing Hermoso after Spain won the Women’s World CupTWITTER:@SHESCORESBANGERS

Since then, Rubiales refused to resign as RFEF president and insisted that Hermoso consented to the kiss, something which she has vehemently denied, saying that she was pressured into saying that it was consensual.

After being threatened with legal action by the Spanish FA, Rubiales was suspended for a minimum of 90 days pending a disciplinary review, before Spain Women’s coaching team all resigned due to the conduct of the footballing authority.

While Vilda has not resigned himself, the head coach has now released a statement in which he threw his support behind Hermoso and those affected by Rubiales’ actions.

This is despite being spotted applauding the Spanish FA president’s speech earlier this week in which he professed his innocence.

Vilda said: “I regret deeply that the victory of Spanish women’s football has been harmed by the inappropriate behaviour that our until now top leader, Luis Rubiales, has carried out and that he himself has recognised.

“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.

“I condemn without doubt any macho attitude, [which should be] far from an advanced and developed society.

“A clearly undesirable climate has been generated, far from what should have been a great celebration of Spanish sport and women’s sport.

Vilda and Rubiales are long-time friends after the latter stood by the head coach earlier in his time with SpainGetty

“I reiterate my unwavering commitment to promoting a sport that is a model of equality and respect in our society.”

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