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  • Updated: September 05, 2023

Spain Sack Vilda Amid Rubiales Kiss Controversy

Spain Sack Vilda Amid Rubiales Kiss Controversy

Spain's Women's World Cup-winning coach Jorge Vilda has been sacked by the Spanish FA amid the controversy surrounding its president Luis Rubiales.

His dismissal stemmed from his connections with the suspended Rubiales, who has refused to resign in the wake of widespread criticism of him planting an unsolicited kiss on the lips of Jenni Hermoso.

Stand-in Spanish FA president Pedro Rocha called the move "one of the first renewal measures" due to the "enormous damage" caused by Rubiales' actions.

"The RFEF, in one of the first renewal measures announced by president Pedro Rocha, has decided to dispense with the services of Jorge Vilda as sports director and women's national coach," it read.

"We value his impeccable personal and sporting conduct, being a key piece in the notable growth of women's football in Spain. 

"During his extensive period, Vilda has been a promoter of the values ​​of respect and sportsmanship in football."

Vilda has long cut a controversial figure in his role as Spain head coach. 

Last September, 15 players wrote to the RFEF threatening to boycott the team if Vilda was not sacked.

Their grouses were reportedly centred around the management of injuries, the atmosphere in the locker room, his team selection and training sessions.

In addition, the 42-year-old came under fire for applauding Rubiales at the RFEF's extraordinary general assembly earlier in August, when Rubiales repeatedly refused to resign and assured Vilda of a new €500,000-a-year, four-year contract.

He later released a statement criticising Rubiales but stopped short of calling for his resignation or dismissal.

Montse Tome, a former midfielder who won four caps for Spain, has been named as Vilda's successor, becoming the first woman to hold the position.

The 41-year-old will lead Spain into UEFA Women's Nations League qualifying later this month, with fixtures against Sweden and Switzerland on September 22 and 26.

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