Spain's World Cup has descended into chaos on the eve of the tournament.
Football fans were very surprised when their boss Julen Lopetegui being named as the new Real Madrid manager just a few weeks after agreeing a contract extension with La Roja.
The news came out of the blue, with no media outlets really ever naming Lopetegui as a potential candidate for the hotseat.
And the hire has not gone down well, with new Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales taking very poorly to the news.
In fact, there were a lot of rumblings that Lopetegui would be getting the boot just two days before Spain's opening game vs Portugal.
Fernando Hierro was touted with succeeding him, but it seemed a farcical decision that would surely damage the nation's chances of lifting the Jules Rimet trophy.
And the news was officially confirmed by Rubiales in his press conference, with Lopetegui officially removed form his duties.
Rubiales said: “The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.”
He also confirmed that Spain players did try to save Lopetegui and what they told Rubiales was quite extraordinary.
Marca report that the players held there own meeting with Rubiales and reportedly gave him a rousing message.
Translated, it reads: Account @ gurriato7 what the players told Rubiales at the meeting: "This is not a club, here we have come to win a World Cup, all this is hurting us, if you are hurt, swallow your pride and let us play."
They really did try...
Reports suggest Sergio Ramos was a pivotal figure in the meeting, with Sport reporting how he was also pivotal in Lopetegui landing the Real job.
However, he couldn't stop Rubiales stamping his authority.
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