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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 14: (L-R) Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui and President of Real Madrid Florentino Perez attend a press conference at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on June 14, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. Julen Lopetegui was fired by Spain's soccer federation two days before Spain's World Cup opener against Portugal. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images)

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has criticised the Spanish football federation for their decision to sack Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and says “nothing justifies” the decision.

It emerged Lopetegui had accepted the manager’s job at Real on Tuesday and was swiftly sacked as Spain manager, replaced by Fernando Hierro. 

Lopetegui was unveiled as Real boss on a three-year contract on Thursday, when Perez made his feelings known about the national team’s call to sack him, per the Mirror‘s Alex Richards:

“There’s nothing that justifies Julen Lopetegui being on the bench in tomorrow’s game.

“But today is an important day for all of us.

“We have a man who is fulfilling one of his dreams. It’s a huge challenge that not many people get to face.

“Julen you will get all support and I want to welcome you to your home, of Real Madrid.”

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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