Spanish soccer coach fired in fallout from unwanted World Cup kiss by sport's national president

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Spain’s women’s soccer coach was fired Tuesday just two weeks after leading his team to the World Cup title, the latest fallout from an unwanted celebratory kiss moments after the match.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation also issued a sweeping apology for federation president Luis Rubiales’ kiss on the mouth of player Jenni Hermoso during the post-match medal ceremony.

Spain defeated England, 1-0, on Aug. 20, as La Roja lifted the nation’s first women’s World Cup trophy.

The historic victory touched off wild celebrations throughout Spain, but that joy shifted to a national debate about the country’s deep-rooted patriarchal norms.