The head coach of Spanish side Málaga Victor Sánchez Del Amo has been suspended by the second division club after an explicit video of him was leaked on social media.
The 43-year-old former Spain international, who has been in charge of Málaga since Apirl, went viral on Tuesday after a video clip which showed him exposing his genitals on camera - while wearing a Malaga polo shirt - was posted online.
Following the leak and subsequent attention, Sánchez posted a statement on his Twitter account, revealing he has contacted the police over the matter, which he called 'harassment and extortion'.
“I am being subjected to a crime against my privacy with harassment and extortion,” Sánchez wrote.
“The matter is in the hands of the police and I entrust myself to follow their instructions. Sharing or disseminating an intimate content of any person without consent is also a crime either through social networks or messages or in any other way.
"Thank you for your understanding and support.”
However, Málaga released their own statement suspending Sanchez pending the outcome of their own investigation into the matter.
An explicit video of Victor Sanchez del Amo was leaked. He is being blackmailed, like so many other celebrities have been in the past few years, but instead of getting support from his employer, Malaga fired him for it. Malaga fired their manager for being victim of a crime. https://t.co/C0yTNJZU1q— Tiago Estêvão (@TiagoEstv) January 7, 2020
The club statement reads: “In relation to the events that have recently been discovered, and which have not as yet been verified, Málaga CF immediately suspends coach Víctor Sánchez del Amo from his duties until a full investigation is carried out.
"We will disclose further information once the facts have been clarified.”
The decision to suspend Sánchez received widespread condemnation among the footballing community in Spain, while the head of the RFEF (Spain's FA) Luis Rubiales shared his support for the coach, calling the Málaga boss a 'great professional'.
Un gran profesional ⚽️ como @Victor_SDA tiene todo mi apoyo.— Luis Rubiales (@LuisRubiales) January 7, 2020
La intimidad es un derecho inviolable.
Utilizar medios ilícitos para quebrantarlo es inmoral y también delictivo ⚖️.
Y que un tercero se aproveche de ello no tiene nombre.
Además, darle difusión, también es un DELITO. pic.twitter.com/zrhSPaYoCi
Controversial Málaga club president Abdullah Al Thani - with whom Sanchez has been rumoured to have fallen out with prior to the video leak - appeared to reference the incident on Tuesday night in a tweet from his personal account.
Without naming Sanchez, Al Thani wrote, "Who is the person he lying always? ... Be strong and say I make mistake".
We still waiting to know Who is the person he lying always ?— Abdullah N Al Thani (@ANAALThani) January 7, 2020
he is like the Angel Never make mistakes
He does not want to admit the mistake
just one time said the truth
Did you think that will help you
of you always lying to everyone !?
Be strong and say I make a mistake
Málaga have limped from one bad news story to the next in recent seasons and have endured quite the fall from grace since their Champions League quarter-final against Jurgen Klopp's Dortmund back in 2013.
Since then, the Andalusian club were given a ban from UEFA competition for breaches of Financial Fair Play and later relegated from Spain's top flight in 2018.
While they made it to the playoffs last season, financial issues and ownership drama have continued to dog the club, with former Premier League winner Shinji Okazaki infamously joining then leaving in 34 days last summer due to budgetary issues.
Málaga currently sit 16th out of 22 in the Segunda Division.