The entire coaching staff of Spain’s women’s team has resigned except head coach Jorge Vilda.
This is in response to the refusal of Luis Rubiales, the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), to resign after kissing football player Jenni Hermoso following Spain’s World Cup victory.
Skabash earlier reported that the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) provisionally suspended Rubiales from all football-related activities due to the kissing scandal.
All 11 members of Spain’s women’s team’s coaching staff who worked under head coach Jorge Vilda have now resigned with immediate effect.
Their resignations were confirmed in the following statement: “As a result of the events that occurred after the final of the Women’s Soccer World Cup, part of the Women’s Soccer Team wants to make its position public.
“The undersigned express their firmest and most emphatic condemnation of the conduct shown by the president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Manuel Rubiales Béjar, with the player of the National Women’s Soccer Team, Jennifer Hermoso.
“After the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, which took place on August 25, 2023, in which the president of the RFEF did not present his resignation and in which he offered a story that does not reflect in any way any of the feelings of the aforementioned player, who has expressly stated that she felt ‘victim of aggression’, this part of the Technical Staff supports the player Jennifer Hermoso, endorsing the version offered by her.
“Adding the inconvenience of having to necessarily attend the aforementioned assembly on August 25, in which, in addition, there was a particularly hurtful event for this coaching staff, since several of the female members of the coaching staff were forced to wear in the front row, exposing their image and trying to make society and players understand.
“For all these reasons, the undersigned, in light of the unacceptable attitudes and statements made by the top leader of the RFEF, have made the decision to place their positions at the disposal of the RFEF.”
The letter was signed by Javier Lerga, Eugenio Gonzalo, Blanca Romero, Carlos Sanchez, Ruben Jimenez, Sonia Bermudez, Javier Velazquez, Javier Egido, Ander Ruiz, Elena Fernandez, and Montse Tome.