Spanish head coach, Jorge Vilda was seen in a video inappropriately touching a female staff member during Spain vs. England in the Women’s World Cup final.
The Spanish staff is shown celebrating in the video, which was taken moments after Olga Carmona’s goal against the Lionesses in the 29th minute. Vilda’s left hand is visible on a female staff member’s breast.
Encara sense entendre perquè ningú parla del tocament de Jorge Vilda, només d'en Rubiales. Han de pagar ambdós. pic.twitter.com/qn7mLL3lj3
— David Melero 📸 📽 ✏ 🔴 (@davidmelero__) August 22, 2023
Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish FA, also found himself in hot water when he was seen kissing Jenni Hermoso on the winners’ stage after his nation defeated England in the World Cup final.
The football chief had faced a wave of criticism and resignation calls after planting the unsolicited kiss on Jenni’s lips following the match.
In a video address on Tuesday, August 22, Rubiales apologized for his act after leading politicians said he should quit or apologise.
He started the video by saying the national team had achieved a ‘historic feat’ and it was one of the ‘happiest’ days for Spanish football.
But he added: ‘There is also something I regret and it’s over something that happened between a female player and myself who enjoy a magnificent relationship the same as I have with other women players.
‘I’ve no doubt made a mistake and I have to admit it.’
He continued: ‘At a moment of maximum excitement, without any bad intention or bad faith, what happened in a very spontaneous manner, I repeat without bad faith on either side.
‘We didn’t understand really what occurred afterward because we saw it as something normal and natural but it has caused a controversy in some sectors and some people appear to have been upset and therefore I have to apologise.
‘Moreover, I have to learn from this and understand that when someone presides an institution as important as the Spanish FA he has to take more care in events like ceremonies.’