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FIFA Suspends Spanish FA President Over Kissing Scandal

FIFA Suspends Spanish FA President Over Kissing Scandal

World football governing body, FIFA, has provisionally suspended embattled Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales for 90 days in the wake of the World Cup kissing row.

Rubiales, 46, has refused to step down despite mounting pressure from within Spanish footballand the government.

He grabbed player Jenni Hermoso and kissed her on the lips during the awards ceremony following Spain’s 1-0 victory over England last Sunday in Sydney, Australia.

According to Sky News, FIFA said it had suspended Rubiales “from all football-related activities at national and international level”.

He has also been ordered not to contact or to attempt to contact Hermoso for the duration of his suspension.

“This suspension, which will be effective as of today, is for an initial period of 90 days”, pending the disciplinary proceedings against Mr Rubiales.

The decision by FIFA came amid an escalating row.

Hermoso, a 33-year-old forward, said “in no moment” did she consent to the kiss. She and her teammates have vowed not to play for Spain again – days after winning the World Cup for the first time.

The country’s football federation has stood by its president, who says the kiss was consensual, and threatened legal action to defend him.

In a lengthy statement issued earlier Saturday, the federation showed a series of images it claimed show Mr Rubiales was not lying.

“Mr President’s feet are ostensibly lifted from the ground as a result of the player’s action,” the statement said.

“The tests are conclusive. Mr President has not lied.

“The RFEF and Mr President will demonstrate each of the lies that are spread either by someone on behalf of the player or, if applicable, by the player herself.”

The statement threatened legal action, saying that playing for the national team “is an obligation for all members of the federation if they are called up”.

The federation said it regretted the row was taking away from the World Cup success it wanted to celebrate.


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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 3
  • TALK UR OWN 10 months ago

    NOT ONLY TO SANCTION SPANISH FA CHAIRMAN, BUT SANCTION ALL MALE GENDERS FOR FEMALE FOOTBALL AND ALSO PROVIDE FEMALE REPRESENTATIVE FROM NATIONAL FOOTBALL MANAGEMENT FOR FEMALE TEAMS. UNLESS THE SAME ASSAULT WILL STILL REPEATING ITSELF IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS. May be it might come from dressing room

  • Emecco 10 months ago

    I have watched the kissing clip, over and over again. There was no form of resistance from Hermosso, she even held to to Rubiales’ shoulders, I believe these whole saga goes more than the kissing. The female footballers just want the FA President out due to some other reasons. There was this issue of financial misappropriation which led to some players boycotting the team just before the world cup . It’s a Shame this saga is trying to take the shine of a country that is supposed to be in celebration,

  • pompei 10 months ago

    Can FIFA also sanction federations that are abusing public trust by misappropriating FIFA funds?
    It is not only sex scandals that should be investigated and punished. Nigeria’s financial scandal at the just concluded women’s world cup should also be thoroughly investigated, accompanied by appropriate disciplinary measures if guilt is determined.
    Granted, it is not FIFA’s job to be the moral compass for federations across the globe. However, for cases that are highly publicized, like the aforementioned Spain and Nigeria shenanigans, FIFA should step in and investigate. The integrity of the game is at stake.

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