Spain men’s national football team manager, Luis de la Fuente, has issued an apology for expressing his support towards Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), who has faced calls to resign after a controversial incident involving Spanish women’s national team player Jenni Hermoso.
During a recent press conference, de la Fuente was seen wearing a t-shirt that displayed a message of support for Rubiales. This gesture came after Rubiales had been criticized for his handling of an incident involving Hermoso, in which she kissed her girlfriend after scoring a goal during a match.
The incident sparked a debate about LGBTQ+ rights and discrimination within Spanish football. Rubiales faced backlash for his response to the incident, with many calling for his resignation. In showing his support for Rubiales, de la Fuente inadvertently found himself at the center of the controversy.
Realizing the implications of his actions, de la Fuente promptly issued an apology. He expressed regret for any offense caused and clarified that his intention was not to undermine or dismiss the concerns raised by the LGBTQ+ community. De la Fuente emphasized that he fully supports inclusivity and equality within football.
The incident has highlighted the ongoing struggle for acceptance and equal treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals in the world of sports. While progress has been made in recent years, incidents like this serve as a reminder that there is still work to be done to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable and accepted.
The Spanish Football Federation has yet to comment on the situation or announce any disciplinary action against de la Fuente. It remains to be seen how this incident will impact the relationship between the national team manager and the federation.
As the conversation around LGBTQ+ rights continues to gain momentum, incidents like this serve as a reminder for those in positions of power to be mindful of their actions and the messages they convey. It is crucial for leaders in the sports industry to promote inclusivity and take a stand against discrimination in all its forms.