sport news Spanish FA chief Rubiales stands by Lopetegui sacking despite defeat

Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales insists he has no regrets over the decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup despite La Roja's failure to progress beyond the last 16 in Russia.

Lopetegui had been unbeaten in his 20 matches in charge but was relieved of his duties just days before Spain's opening match against Portugal after agreeing to become the new boss after the tournament.

Fernando Hierro was named as stand-in coach and, although Spain finished top of Group B to reach the knockout stages, they made it no further after losing on penalties to Russia on Sunday.

Spain were dumped out of the World Cup on Saturday after defeat by Russia at last-16 stage

Spain were dumped out of the World Cup on Saturday after defeat by Russia at last-16 stage

Spanish FA chief Luis Rubiales stands by his decision to sack former coach Julen Lopetegui

Spanish FA chief Luis Rubiales stands by his decision to sack former coach Julen Lopetegui

Rubiales stood by his decision to dismiss Lopetegui and praised the work done by Hierro and his team.

He also said the Federation would now look at what direction to take with regards the next Spain coach.

'I don't regret the decision taken with Lopetegui because it was done with conviction and values that aren't influenced by subsequent results,' he said in quotes reported by the Spanish press.

'When a decision is made with responsibility and, above all, with values,

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