Veteran American participant Megan Rapinoe stated Rubiales’ actions highlighted the extent of “misogyny and sexism” throughout the RFEF.
“There was an image that indicators such a deep degree of misogyny and sexism in that federation and in that man [Rubiales] on the ultimate whistle, simply grabbing his crotch.
“What sort of upside-down world are we in? On the largest stage, the place you ought to be celebrating, Jenni needs to be bodily assaulted by this man.”
Fifteen Spain gamers had been concerned in a dispute with the federation previous to the finals, with the teaching strategies of Jorge Vilda reportedly amongst their issues.
“Suppose how a lot that Spanish crew needed to shoulder: a number of the gamers who stood up approach again final 12 months nonetheless aren’t on the crew,” Rapinoe stated.
“Possibly that was one thing that galvanised them, however you shouldn’t should have that.”