Spain women’s manager Jorge Vilda has thanked the country’s FA president Luis Rubiales amid an angry storm following Sunday’s World Cup final win. Rubiales has received huge backlash after kissing striker Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the post-match presentation.
Spain beat England 1-0 at Stadium Australia to win the Women’s World Cup. Rubiales lined up alongside the likes of Queen Letizia of Spain, Princess Sofia of Spain and FIFA president Gianni Infantino after the match.
Rubiales was understandably elated with the result, hugging and embracing each player and staff as they came up to collect their medals. However, he went a step further with Hermoso in pictures which shocked viewers.
Rubiales grabbed Hermoso by the head and kissed her on the lips. Rubiales has since received heavy criticism while Hermoso has spoken out on the uncomfortable nature of the incident.
But Spain boss Vilda is clearly happy with Rubiales’ impact on the squad. He thanked him after the match for how he has been around the players.
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Vilda said: “I’m proud of my players, not just those who have played in this World Cup, but also those in qualification… I’m thankful to Rubiales, who was like one more of the group.”
Vilda’s tenure as Spain boss was under huge scrutiny heading into the tournament. As many as 15 players declared themselves unavailable for selection due to falling out with Vilda over his methods and working conditions.
But the 42-year-old was backed by the Spanish FA. Rubiales has suggested that he felt vindicated to stick by Vilda.
He said: “It is often said that it takes a little time to realise an achievement like this, but I am perfectly aware. We have worked very hard, although there were people who did not want to let us work.
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“I think we have to learn in Spain to value positive things. To let people do their job. That small percentage of people who were constantly frustrated and resentful must learn that you have to let people work.”
Rubiales and Vilda were pictured celebrating on the pitch during the celebrations. Vilda, though, was awkwardly ignored by some of his players as they danced with delight.
Hermoso had a good tournament despite missing a penalty in the second half of the final to put the game to bed. Mary Earps kept out her spot kick but Olga Carmona’s first-half goal was enough to secure victory.
Hermoso was asked on Spanish TV about being kissed by Rubiales. But she admitted she wasn’t pleased with the incident, replying: “I did not enjoy that.”
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