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Vilda sacked as Spain Women's head coach

Women's World Cup-winning coach Jorge Vilda has been sacked by the Spanish FA amid the kiss row surrounding its president Luis Rubiales.

Vilda led Spain to a 1-0 win over England as they won their first Women's World Cup on August 20, only 16 days before his dismissal, but his connections with the suspended Rubiales have since come back to haunt him.

Stand-in Spanish FA president Pedro Rocha promised a restructure of the RFEF in an open letter on Tuesday, in which the governing body apologised for the "enormous damage" caused by Rubiales' actions, before later releasing a statement confirming Vilda's removal.

"The RFEF, in one of the first renewal measures announced by president Pedro Rocha, has decided to dispense with the services of Jorge Vilda as sports director and women's national coach," it read.

"We value his impeccable personal and sporting conduct, being a key piece in the notable growth of women's football in Spain. During his extensive period, Vilda has been a promoter of the values ​​of respect and sportsmanship in football."

All 11 of Vilda's backroom colleagues had already resigned in protest over the ongoing crisis surrounding Rubiales, who was pictured kissing Spain forward Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the on-field celebrations in Sydney.

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