RFEF President Luis Rubiales Says Barack Obama Shared His View On Sacking of Julen Lopetegui

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Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales claims that former President of the United States Barack Obama shared his views with him over the controversial sacking of Julen Lopetegui shortly before the start of the World Cup.

The Obama family traveled to Spain earlier this month on vacation, where the former President met with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and King Felipe VI, along with Rubiales at a reception in Madrid.

“What surprised me is that he knew much more than I thought he did,” Rubiales said, according to Cadena Cope radio. “There was a reference to certain issues in which he said some decisions made in the United States had a patriotic tone whereas here, they were more difficult to take, something along those lines.

“What he tried to tell me is that inaction generally produces less rejections and less criticism, but that at times, you have to act. And, from what I can gather, he and his entourage were in line with the decision we had taken. I never doubted my decision, I had it clear, it was a case of values, philosophy … but I respect all points of view.”