Spain sack women World Cup-winning manager, apologise for president’s kiss scandal

Spain women’s boss Jorge Vilda has been sacked as manager as part of changes to the country’s set up in the wake of Luis Rubiales’ ‘kiss-gate’ scandal.

Vilda’s position has been controversial despite the coach leading Spain to a 1-0 win over England in the Women’s World Cup final last month.

The Spanish FA were urged to dismiss Vilda by their regional presidents’ committee last week, with the organisation facing mounting pressure over the controversy surrounding Rubiales, who is a close ally of the coach.

And Vilda has now been dismissed by Spain after a meeting with acting Spain FA president Pedro Rocha.

Sonia Bermudez is expected to be placed in interim charge ahead of upcoming Nations League games against Sweden and Switzerland until a permanent replacement is found. In a statement, the Spanish FA thanked Vilda for his work in the role and noted how he had helped grown the women’s game in the country.

The Spanish FA has also issued an apology for suspended president, Luis Rubiales‘ actions, saying they were ‘totally unacceptable’, caused ‘enormous damage’ and that they are ’embarrassed’.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation, through its President, Mr. Pedro Rocha, considers it is essential to present the most sincere apologies for the totally unacceptable behavior of its highest institutional representative during the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and in the moments that followed,’ it said.



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