Sarina Wegman breaks her silence on the Spanish kiss scandal involving Jennifer Hermoso

The Dutch manager of the England women's national team Sarina Wiegmann (right) receives from UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin (left) the award for best coach for the women's team for the 2022/2023 season during the Champions League group stage draw ceremony

Sarina Wiegmann has been named UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year – Getty Images/Nicolas Tucat

Sarina Wiegmann presented the UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year award to Spain’s players, as she said Qibla scandal in the country “It really hurts me.”

The England boss said the World Cup winners “deserve to celebrate”. While the scam around The suspended Luis Rubiales stumbles.

Wegman beat Jorge Vilda to claim the Grand Prix at a ceremony in Monaco despite losing the final 1-0 to Spain two weeks earlier.

Felda, who is close to being sacked after failing to rebel against Rubiales, was not present to see the Lionesses coach. Honoring his players.

In an emotional acceptance speech after completing her questioning on stage, she said receiving her award “feels a little different” amid the turmoil surrounding Spain.

“We all know the problems surrounding the Spanish team and this really hurts me as a coach, as a mother of two daughters, as a wife and as a person,” she said on stage. “The game has evolved a lot, but there is still a long way to go in women’s football and in society. I would like to dedicate this award to the Spanish national team, the team that plays in this wonderful FIFA World Cup.

He added: “This team deserves to be celebrated and deserves to be heard, and I will give them a big ovation again, and I hope you will join us.”

It was the first time Wegman had addressed the controversy surrounding Rubiales’ unwanted kiss on team captain Jennifer Hermoso.

UEFA president Alexandre Oukornefrine also condemned Rubiales as “inappropriate” in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe on Wednesday.

However, after Rubiales was provisionally suspended by FIFA, UEFA stopped imposing any sanctions on the RFEF.

“Of course, what he did was not appropriate,” said Karunifren, who also serves as one of FIFA’s eight vice-presidents. “We all know that. I hope he knows it was out of order. That’s enough for now because the disciplinary committee will decide.”

Perhaps it is no surprise that Filda, who is facing expulsion for failing to join the revolution against Rubiales, was snubbed for the UEFA award despite being nominated. Wegman also won the award last year, but Vilda’s chances were also dampened by a pre-tournament boycott of players.

“I am very honored,” Wegman added. “Thank you to everyone involved with the Lionesses. Of course the team, the amazing players from the coaching staff and the support from the FA…but also it feels a little bit different.

Injured England captain Leah Williamson has appeared on ITV’s Lorraine to express her despair at the uproar that has seen more than 80 Spanish players turn their backs on international football.

“I think it’s really sad,” she said. “I put myself in Jenny’s shoes, as an athlete. She should be celebrating the biggest achievement of her life. Unfortunately this has been overshadowed. But I also think it’s important to remember – especially for women in football – that we’ve lived in this misogynistic and sexist environment for a hundred years. . did not change.

“Suddenly I expected it… I think it’s really brave to speak out, to actually say the shock of what happened, and then I settled down, and I thought this was wrong and I’m not going to allow this to happen to women of the future.” “.

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