Former RFEF President Suspended for Three Years Following Violative Kiss Incident
Luis Rubiales, the ex-chief of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has been given a three-year ban from all soccer-related endeavors by FIFA. This action stems from a widely publicized occurrence during the Women’s World Cup final award presentation in August when Rubiales kissed Spain footballer Jenni Hermosos on the lips after their triumph over England.
In a statement, FIFA confirmed the disciplinary measure against Rubiales, citing a breach of article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. Initially, Rubiales had tried to continue in his capacity as RFEF president but resigned last month, and now FIFA has determined his punishment.
The case is specifically linked to the incidents that took place during the FIFA Women’s World Cup final on August 20, 2023, for which Rubiales had already received a provisional suspension for an initial period of 90 days. FIFA has informed Rubiales of the decision made by the Disciplinary Committee and grants him 10 days to request a motivated decision. This decision is subject to possible appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee.
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FIFA emphasized its unwavering dedication to “respecting and safeguarding the integrity of all individuals and ensuring that the fundamental principles of proper conduct are upheld.”
The case has also been under scrutiny by the high court in Spain after prosecutors expressed concerns about potential charges of sexual assault and coercion related to the kissing incident with Hermoso. In her statement in August, Hermoso characterized the kiss as “an impulsive act, sexist, inappropriate, and without any form of consent from my side,” making her feel “vulnerable and a victim of aggression.”
Rubiales has maintained that the kiss was consensual and expressed his unwavering belief in the truth, promising to do everything within his power to defend his “innocence.”
In a triumphant comeback, Jenni Hermoso rejoined the Spain team and made a significant impact by scoring the decisive goal against Italy in a 1-0 victory during the Nations League.