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Spain boss de la Fuente discusses the racism and sexism problems Spanish football has faced recently

Spain manager Luis de la Fuente talked about whether incidents of racism could have damaged their chances of hosting the World Cup but ended up discussing sexism as well.

De la Fuente faced significant criticism in recent weeks for applauding former RFEF President Luis Rubiales during his controversial general assembly speech, where he accused Jenni Hermoso of lying.

His delay in condemning Rubiales, apologizing, and showing support for Hermoso at the time drew criticism. During his press conference after announcing the Spain squad for the upcoming internationals, off-field issues continued to be a central topic.

“I am the first to condemn any racist act but Spain is not sex… Sorry. I meant to say racist, but Spain is not neither sexist nor racist. And to be clear, I’m not racist either.”

It was another uncomfortable situation for de la Fuente, who has acknowledged his challenges in the public eye. He then talked about how he was managing the controversies, particularly given his upcoming court testimony regarding the Rubiales legal case.

“I watch a lot of football, all day. My friends say I have no life. I get distracted watching football although I’m not oblivious to reality. I read the news that comes out, but I push it away.”

There is sufficient evidence to suggest that de la Fuente finds it challenging to adopt the smooth-talking, charming persona that most managers have these days. Nonetheless, the Rubiales incident will continue to tarnish his reputation.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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