With the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) having sacked Julen Lopetegui following his agreement to take over at Real Madrid, it has now been reported that Gerard Pique had to stop captain Sergio Ramos and the man who made the decision to sack the manager, Luis Rubiales, from fighting.
Lopetegui was relieved of his duties as Spain boss on Wednesday, a day before the 2018 FIFA World Cup, after Spanish giants Real announced on Tuesday that he is going to be their new manager once the tournament had finished.
RFEF president Rubiales was furious about the agreement between Lopetegui and Los Blancos, and revealed to the public that everything was done behind his back.
While the decision to sack Lopetegui shocked many, it was also reported that some of Spain's key players tried to persuade Rubiales to let the manager continue for the duration of the tournament.
According to OK Diario journalist Eduardo Inda, things got so heated between Ramos and the president that FC Barcelona defender Pique had to be there during the conversation to make sure tensions did not reach a boiling point.
"The two (Ramos and Rubiales) squared up, no one hit anyone but everything was said. There was shouting from both sides. The level of tension was huge, Gerard Pique had to intervene and mediate so that things didn't get more serious," Inda said.
It is believed that Rubiales was angered that Spanish media were reporting that Lopetegui would continue as manager, a message he felt certain players sent to the press in order to put pressure on the RFEF.
It has been claimed that Ramos let his frustrations be known, and that he told Rubiales that Spain are going to be the joke of the tournament. However, it is believed the Real defender and president eventually reached an understanding, and even ended their conversation with a hug.
Spain will play their first match of the World Cup on Friday night against Portugal.
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