The Spanish football federation said Tuesday it had fired controversial coach Jorge Vilda who oversaw Spain winning the Women's World Cup in the fallout following a major sexism scandal.
Despite unwavering support from her counterparts and from political offices as high up as the Spanish prime minister’s, Hermoso’s words have resulted in the same inaction from authorities.
The mother of Spanish soccer chief Luis Rubiales on Monday locked herself inside a church and started a hunger strike to protest against what she called her son's "inhumane treatment" over his grabbing and kissing player Jenni Hermoso, EFE news agency reported.
"After what has happened this week I would like to convey my sadness as a person, as a father of three daughters, as a husband and as a footballer" at what has happened around "our football and around the Spanish women's national team", Iniesta wrote on his social networks.
Rubiales refused to quit earlier on Friday, fuelling anger among players and government ministers who decried his actions as unacceptable misogynist behaviour
"What we saw was an unacceptable gesture... and the apology he made is insufficient," Sanchez told a news conference when asked about the controversy over the unsolicited kiss
Spain put aside months of turmoil and division to claim their first Women's World Cup title on Sunday, overcoming a player revolt that saw La Roja lose some of their best talent even before the tournament had kicked off.
Scheduled in a far-flung time-zone and carrying eight extra teams, the ninth Women's World Cup kicked off in Australia and New Zealand a month ago with some doubts it could deliver on lofty ambitions.