September 06, 2023

Jorge Vilda Speaks Up on His Sacking

Jorge Vilda, former head coach of Spain’s Women’s team, has said that he thinks it’s “unfair” he was released from his position amidst the ongoing Luis Rubiales scandal.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced on Tuesday, 5 September, that Vilda would no longer be the World Cup-winning club’s head coach. His successor, Montse Tome, will be the first woman to hold the position.

“In sporting terms, I am going to accept all the criticisms, but on a personal level I think it has been unfair,” Vilda – who is good friends with Rubiales – told a Spanish publication shortly after his dismissal.

Vilda has come under fire recently for his lacklustre reaction to the RFEF president’s inappropriate behaviour at the World Cup final last month. Rubiales was spotting forcefully kissing forward Jenni Hermoso in a moment following Spain’s 1-0 victory over England.

Hermoso has made it clear that the kiss was not consensual.

Rubiales has been provisionally suspended by FIFA, but currently refuses to officially resign from his position, despite numerous calls for him to do so. Most of Spain’s coaching staff have resigned to show solidarity with Hermoso, while 81 players have reportedly announced they will refuse to play for the Spanish team.

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