In protest against Luis Rubiales’ decision not to step down, all 11 coaching staff members of Spain’s women’s team have tendered their resignations.
Following Spain’s 1-0 victory against England in the World Cup final, Rubiales forcibly kissed Jenni Hermoso, an action that has ignited a rapid and fierce backlash against the president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
In an unusual speech on Friday, Rubiales adamantly declined to resign, criticized what he termed “false feminism,” and extended a contentious contract offer to manager Jorge Vilda.
With over 80 players expressing their refusal to participate in the national team until Rubiales steps down, the entire coaching staff, except for Vilda, has resigned from their positions.
Spain staff condemn Rubials actions
Vilda remains the sole remaining member of the coaching staff, and a statement has been issued denouncing Rubiales. The statement also highlights that female staff members were compelled to attend his contentious speech on Friday.
The statement read: “The names below express their firm and resounding condemnation of the conduct shown by the RFEF president.
“He offered a story that does not reflect in any way what was felt by Jenni Hermoso, who has expressly stated that she felt she was the ‘victim of aggression.’
“Given the unacceptable attitudes and statements made by the president, they have made the decision to relieve themselves of their duties.
“This part of the technical staff shows its support for the statement published by the players, more specifically those of Jenni.”
They added: “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 sit in the front row, exposing his image and trying to make members and players understand that they shared the theses of the president of the RFEF.”