First goal of the 2018 World Cup is an own-goal by Luis Rubiales

I saw Luis Rubiales on my TV last night.

What a plonker!

An ex-footballer who played four games for Hamilton Academicals.

The first goal of the 2018 World Cup is an own-goal by the president of the Spanish FA, who has only been in post for a month.

Background: Real Madrid announced national team coach Julen Lopetegui as the man who will replace Zidane.

So the Spanish FA chief says: I’m sacking him now!

Why? Because Rubiales was only given five minutes notice by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez before the latter announced that Lopetegui would be Real Madrid’s new coach

Rubiales said, “With Lopetegui it has finished with a handshake, he is a top coach and for that reason it has become more difficult for me to take the decision. To win is important, but above that is how to do things. It will make us strong, I’m sure. We have acted conscientiously and with full responsibility, it was what we had to do.

“It was a tough moment, he said goodbye to the players, with whom he has many ties, but we had to make this decision,

“The problem is how things have been done with the total absence of participation of the Spanish Football Federation, that is something we cannot ignore. Lopetegui is an impeccable professional but the process is important.“

My view? Same as always. I still believe that the main component of the Latin personality is pride.

Having been humiliated by Perez, Rubiales threw a tantrum that wrecks Spain’s hopes and makes them a laughing stock on five continents. He does it on the day before the World Cup kicks off.

Clueless, senor. You have to roll with the punches. It’s not about you. It’s really not about you – and never should be. It’s not about your dignity.

It’s all about a respected nation of footballers and supporters who have qualified for a tournament that only happens once every four years.

Spain play European champions Portugal tomorrow and sporting director Fernando Hierro has taken over as coach.