In a dramatic turn of events, the Spanish national football team’s male players have come forward to condemn the actions of suspended RFEF President Luis Rubiales. The team’s captains, led by Alvaro Morata, made their sentiments clear in a hastily arranged press conference, standing in solidarity with their female counterparts.
Luis Rubiales, the President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has faced widespread criticism for an incident in which he kissed Spain forward Jenni Hermoso without her consent. FIFA responded by suspending him for a period of 90 days, while the Spanish Ministry for Sport is considering suspending him from his duties for up to two years. Pedro Rocha has been appointed as the interim president until elections can be organized, likely next year. Follow your favourite football team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet.
During the press conference, Morata, flanked by fellow captains Cesar Azpilicueta, Rodri Hernandez, and Marco Asensio, read out a statement, expressing their views and support for the women’s national team. Morata’s words, as quoted by Marca, were as follows:
“First of all, we want to convey, once again, our pride and our most sincere congratulations to the Women’s National Team for the title of World Champions in Sydney. A historical milestone loaded with meaning that will mark a before and after in Spanish women’s football, inspiring many women with an invaluable victory. For this reason, we want to regret and express our solidarity with the players who have seen their success tarnished.”
“We want to reject what we consider to be unacceptable behaviour on the part of Mr. Rubiales, who has not been up to the standard of the institution he represents.”
“We place ourselves firmly and clearly on the side of the values that sport represents. Spanish football must be an engine of respect, inspiration, inclusion and diversity and must set an example with its behaviour both on and off the field.”
“From today, we face a decisive camp for the future of Spanish football on our way to qualifying for Euro2024 with two games against Georgia and Cyprus. We would like that, from now on, we could focus on sports issues given the relevance of the challenges that lie ahead.”
Spain’s manager, Luis de la Fuente, had previously expressed his shock over Rubiales’ remarks at a General Assembly, where he refused to resign and placed blame on false feminism for the situation. De la Fuente clarified that these comments were the reason for his delayed condemnation of the events.
Notably, de la Fuente was absent from the press conference, which was concise and limited to the reading of the statements, with no questions taken.
Real Betis forward Borja Iglesias has also taken a stand, announcing that he will not make himself available for selection until significant changes occur within the organization. Additionally, 79 women’s players have released a statement in support of Jenni Hermoso, expressing their solidarity. Get the latest updates from the world of football only on Nextbet Sports.