Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hit back at the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) after they sacked Julen Lopetegui as Spain manager one day before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
On Tuesday, Los Blancos announced that the former La Furia Roja manager would be taking over at the Santiago Bernabeu after completing his duties with the national side in Russia.
This came as a surprise to the RFEF, and they subsequently sacked Lopetegui on Thursday, an action Real president Perez has claimed is "disrespectful" towards the Spanish giants.
"The sacking was due to the pride (of the Spanish FA), and to us, it was disrespectful," he told reporters at Lopetegui's unveiling, according to Football Espana.
"We had the legitimate freedom to make this agreement, a professional and honourable deal, and that agreement has somehow been interpreted as disloyal.
"The (RFEF) president's response was unprecedented. Nothing justifies Lopetegui not being on the bench for tomorrow's game."
Spain, who will now be managed by Fernando Hierro for the duration of the World Cup, will play their opening game against Portugal in the city of Sochi tonight.
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