Wiegman highlights issues with dedication of UEFA coach award to Spanish team

September 1 – England head coach Sarina Wiegman dedicated her UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year award to World Cup winners Spain on Monday night as the fallout over the unfamous kiss by Luis Rubiales on Spanish forward Jenni Hermoso continues.

Wiegman said the victorious Spain players “deserve to be listened to” when she picked up her award at the ceremony in Monaco.

“We all know the issues around the Spanish team,” she said. “It really hurts me as a coach, a mother of two daughters, as a wife and human being. And it shows, the game has grown so much, but there is a long way to go in women’s football and society.

“I would like to dedicate this award to the Spanish team, the team that played such great football that everyone enjoyed.”

Spain’s Sports Tribunal (TAD) met on Monday to discuss the Spanish government’s request to suspend Rubiales who is temporarily banned by FIFA but has refused to step down voluntarily.

In other developments, the Spanish women team’s coach Jorge Vilda, who faced a player mutiny before somehow steering his team to World Cup glory, is reportedly also facing the sack.  Vilda initially backed Rubiales and the RFEF’s new board is planning to terminate his contract after the coach refused a request to resign, a source told Reuters.

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