On August 26, Saturday, the 11 members of the Spanish women’s coaching staff resigned to “express their firm and resounding condemnation’’ of Luis Rubiales, who had kissed Jenni Hermoso without her consent, during the trophy presentation of the FIFA Women’s World Cup final last Sunday. The U-20 head coach of the Spanish women’s team, Sonia Bermudez shared the statement on behalf of the aforementioned coaching staff.
Some of the biggest names to tender their resignation were the assistant coaches of the Spanish women’s national team, including the likes of Montserrat Tome Vazquez, Eugenio Gonzalo, and Javier Lerga. But, to everyone’s surprise, the head coach Jorge Vilda, was the only member of the staff, who didn’t resign from his job in support of his players.
Notably, on the same day, FIFA had announced the provisional suspension of Luis Rubiales, for an initial period of 90 days, from his post as the President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). They also ordered him to not get in touch with Jenni Hermoso, through himself or third parties.
The detailed statement from the Spanish women’s coaching staff about their resignation in solidarity with Jenni Hermoso is as under:
“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.
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.”