Spain have sacked manager Julen Lopetegui with immediate effect just one day before the World Cup after being appointed as Real Madrid in a secret way.

The Spanish Football Association have considered his decision as a ‘betrayal’ for the national team and a disregard to the country in general.

The federation’s president Luis Rubiales and his staff are now furious with the way that Lopetegui has handled this situation.

Therefore, Spain are now considering replacing coach Lopetegui in one day and a half before their World Cup opener.

On 12 June 2018, it was announced that Lopetegui has agreed on a three-year deal with Real Madrid to replace departed Zinedine Zidane.

However, in the morning of 13 June 2018, the former Spain goalkeeper was sacked as the head coach of the national team.

Rubiales has flown back in Moscow on Tuesday night from the FIFA Congress to Krasnodar, where the Spanish squad are currently based before this summer’s World Cup.

The Spanish Football Federation’s president Luis Rubiales announced around 11 am on Wednesday: “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the greatest of luck.”

“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.”

“The Spain team is the team of all Spaniards. You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been obliged to make this decision.”

Spain will start the World Cup campaign on Friday, June 15 at 20:00 against Portugal at Fisht Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Red Fury are in Group B of the 2018 World Cup alongside Morocco, Iran and Portugal.

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