The ​Spanish FA have sacked manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, after the 51-year-old was confirmed as Real Mad​rid's new manager on Tuesday.


The decision came after a morning of meetings with RFEF president Luis Rubiales and Lopetegui, with a number of senior players in La Roja's squad reportedly intervening on behalf of the manager to try to save the national team from suffering the aftermath of the decision.


Rubiales had said on his arrival to Spain's World Cup base: "This is not the time to talk, but we will make the decision that best suits the squad, we will do things responsibly."


This was the decision announced by the Spanish FA:


Fans on social media were shocked and amused at this decision. Here's how they reacted:



Meanwhile, Manchester United fans are happy:




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