La Liga President Javier Tebas Criticizes Luis Rubiales For Firing Julen Lopetegui

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While La Liga president Javier Tebas will not judge Real Madrid for their perceived role in Spain’s nightmarish World Cup campaign in 2018, he did criticize federation president Luis Rubiales for acting “without much thought” in firing Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.

Tebas said it was impossible to know what would have happened had Lopetegui remained in charge but said that Rubiales had rushed to a decision, which turned out to be a foolish one for Spain.

“Yesterday was a very sad day for Spanish football, for the expectations we had and what we all believed was the level of the team,” Tebas said, according to AS. “You never know if the decision about Lopetegui continuing or not had an influence.

“But it is not being opportunist to say that it was taken without much thought. That is without judging or not how Real Madrid behaved.”

Another cloud hanging over Spain is the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, who Tebas hopes stays with.

“[Cristiano] is one of the two best players in the world,” he said. “And I want him to play in the Spanish league.”