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SACKED! Julen Lopetegui axed by Spain after Real Madrid appointment

The Spanish Football Federation have announced they have sacked Julen Lopetegui as manager, just over 24 hours before the World Cup begins.

The Federation president Luis Rubiales declared Lopetegui has been sacked as they only knew he was joining Real Madrid after the World Cup five minutes before it was announced he would join the Champions League winners.

"We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish you the greatest of luck," said Rubiales.

"The negotiation has occurred without any information to the RFEF. Just five minutes before the press release. There's a way to act that needs to be fulfilled."

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