Carlo Ancelotti, the coach of Real Madrid, slammed Spanish football federation head Luis Rubiales on Thursday for kissing a female player on the lips after Spain won the World Cup.
The RFEF president kissed midfielder Jenni Hermoso during the gold medal ceremony on Sunday in Sydney after Spain defeated England to win the World Cup, causing uproar.
Hermoso issued a joint statement with her players’ union, Futpro, on Wednesday, calling for action against the president — the RFEF summoned an emergency meeting on Friday and launched an investigation into the event.
“It’s a very delicate subject, and like most people, it was behavior that I obviously did not like,” Ancelotti said during a press conference.
“It was not the behavior of a federation president.”
The Italian coach will not comment further on the matter.
“I don’t know if he should resign or not; I believe he will make the best decision,” Ancelotti continued.
Real Madrid face Celta Vigo in La Liga on Friday, and Celta Vigo manager Rafa Benitez also mentioned Rubiales.
“The success of the national team is the news, and unfortunately, it’s been relegated to the background,” Benitez added.
“We all agree that we saw inappropriate behavior, and the competent authorities are there to make decisions.”
Rubiales originally assaulted his detractors before apologizing, but his behavior has not been forgotten.
Hermoso and Futpro issued a joint statement, saying, “We are working to ensure that acts such as those we have seen never go unpunished, that they are sanctioned, and that exemplary measures are adopted to protect women footballers from actions that we believe are unacceptable.”
Rubiales’ apology for the kiss was earlier described as “insufficient” by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
Liga F, Spain’s women’s football league, demanded Rubiales’ dismissal on Wednesday.