The kissing scandal at the 2023 Women's World Cup not only cost federation president Luis Rubiales his job, but also coach Jorge Villeda. Jenny Hermoso is now reporting questionable practices by her former coach.
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- Just over two weeks after the World Cup final victory over England, the Spanish Football Federation has parted ways with coach Jorge Villeda.
- An ally of federation president Luis Rubiales, Velda was forced to vacate his position in the wake of the kissing scandal, and player Jenny Hermoso is now reporting questionable practices by her former coach.
- Velda had already been criticized before the tournament, and several players announced their retirement in the run-up to the World Cup.
Jenny Hermoso spoke on “Planeta Calleja” (Via Marca) about her relationship with former Spanish coach Jorge Villeda, who is now coaching the Moroccan women's national team after his dismissal.
“When we went to bed, we had to leave the door open and wait for him to come in at night so he could talk to us,” Hermoso said. Velda claimed that this was the only time he could talk to us in person.
The 33-year-old striker also speaks of the control obsession that has prevailed under him. The international player, who participated in 106 matches, said: “When we went shopping, he would wait for us and ask us what we had in our bags.”
The 42-year-old, who has been in office since 2015, has been criticized for his methods. In 2022, many players rebelled against their coach and resigned from the national team. At that time the association supported Felda.
Friend of the dismissed association president, Rubiales
He also sparked outrage when, like other football officials, he praised Spanish Federation president Luis Rubiales, who has since been suspended and resigned from FIFA, at a Spanish federation meeting at the end of August after his defense speech.
Rubiales kissed Hermoso on the mouth during the trophy handover ceremony after the World Cup final last August. The incident caused an uproar. Rubiales resigned despite denying any wrongdoing. He said the kiss was consensual. However, Hermoso maintained that the kiss was unwanted and that Rubiales and his staff tried to convince her and her family to downplay the incident.
The Spanish Attorney General's Office accuses Rubiales of sexual assault and coercion at trial. If found guilty, he could face a prison sentence of one to four years or a fine.
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