SPANISH FA chief Luis Rubiales has been slammed for grabbing and kissing star player Jenni Hermoso.
Rubiales (45) was present as Spain beat England 1-0 to lift the Women’s World Cup in Sydney.
As stars received their medals, Rubiales stood near Fifa president Gianni Infantino ready to congratulate Spain stars.
His behaviour has drawn criticism after he was seen grabbing and kissing Hermoso.
As per Spanish football reporter Colin Millar, the 33-year-old said after the incident: “Eh . . . yeah, I did not enjoy that.”
Rubiales has also drawn ire for backing controversial manager Jorge Vilda.
The Spain boss reportedly banned players from locking their hotel rooms before midnight in 2019, as he wanted to carry out room checks.
He was also accused of forcing players to reveal the contents of their bags at training, while treating players like “children”.
Fifteen players boycotted the Spain team in protest at Vilda last year.
Only three returned for this summer’s tournament Down Under.
Vilda remains unpopular despite Spain’s tournament win, being awkwardly snubbed by players amid the celebrations.
He was also booed while receiving his medal.
The 42-year-old has been continuously backed by Rubiales, despite concerns from players over the culture within the Spain team.
Rubiales said this week: “What we have endured is a lot.
“Questions have been asked of Jorge Vilda, who is a hard-working man, a world-class coach, who has turned down other federations that have offered more money and stayed with Spain.
“We have stuck with those that have always wanted to be here, that have valued the great work that he has done to grow, and we have forgotten the people with resentments.
“He has continued working and not paid attention to those who wanted to destroy him.” – The Sun.