New front for Luis Rubiales, who is increasingly doomed to resign. FIFA, the highest governing body in world football, has issued a statement on the opening of disciplinary proceedings against the President of the Spanish Football Federation (FEF) for his controversial kiss on Jenni Hermoso after the Women’s World Cup final.
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has informed Mr. Luis Rubiales, President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), of the opening of disciplinary proceedings against him as a result of the events that took place during the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup last Sunday, 20 August 2023”, it says in their letter to FIFA.
The panel, led by Gianni Infantino, considers that Rubiales’ behavior during and after the final could constitute a breach of Articles 13.1 and 13.2 of his Disciplinary Code.
“Anyone who violates the dignity or integrity of a country, person or group of people through derogatory, discriminatory or offensive words or actions (by any means whatsoever) on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or society, sex threatened, disability, sexual orientation, language, religion, political position, purchasing power, place of birth or any other status or reason shall be punished with a suspension of at least ten games or a specified period of time or with any other appropriate disciplinary measure “, points out point 13.1 of the code.
Referring to the possible sanctions for such behavior, the following article states: “If one or more supporters of an association or club engage in the behavior described in paragraph 1, the following disciplinary measures may be taken against the association or club.”
a) in the case of the first offence, a game with a limited number of spectators and a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs (20,930 euros);
b) in the event of a recidivism or if the circumstances of the case so require, disciplinary measures such as the implementation of a prevention plan, a fine, the deduction of points, disputes over one or more matches behind closed doors, being banned from playing in a stadium”.
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee will not provide any further information on this disciplinary proceeding until a final decision has been taken on it.” ‘ concludes the world football governing body in its letter.