The Secretary General of FIFA spoke about the Luis Rubiales case at the “World Football Summit” 2023.
The Secretary General of FIFA, Fatma Samoura, declared this Wednesday in Seville that “what happened in Australia should not be repeated,” referring to the kiss on the mouth of the former president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales player Jenni Hermoso celebrating the title won by Spain at the World Cup.
Fatma Samoura, Senegalese FIFA Chairman, who took part in a panel discussion at the World Football Summit 2023, a leading platform of the football industry, regretted that because of Luis Rubiales’ attitude, “what should have been a day of celebration has been turned into a celebratory event.” became one day”. Tragedy for football” and stressed: “Women deserve to be respected in sport and in society in general and such problems should not arise.”
For the FIFA Secretary General, women “sometimes have to deal with this kind of discrimination that should not happen,” since football matches are organized “to bring joy and happiness first to the players, and then to the country,” which later wins, and the “fans” of the world, in third place, but what happened in Australia should not be repeated.
“As football leaders we have to observe certain behaviors and respect the players. And they (the Spanish team) made it clear. It has only been a month since the victory and the headlines have never been about the celebration, but about what happened that day at the awards ceremony,” he emphasized.
Samoura stressed that he “witnessed the organization of this World Cup” for two years, from July 20 to August 20, in Australia and New Zealand and could not hide his “joy for the success and celebrations of the Spanish women’s team.” That’s why he regretted that she was “tarnished by that kiss,” behavior that FIFA President Gianni Infantino said at the time that “should never have happened.”
The Secretary General of the highest world football body also said he was “very pleased” that “an agreement” had been reached between the Supreme Sports Council (CSD), the RFEF and the Spanish players to try to resolve the situation in which it arose Elimination of the national team when the players initially asked not to be called up for the next two Nations League games until there were changes in the association body.
“A tripartite commission will be formed with the CSD, the Spanish association and also the players. Now there is a more favorable environment for the (Spanish) national team to play against Sweden on Friday and Switzerland on Tuesday, which means.” “Finally we see the end of the tunnel of this nightmare,” emphasized the Senegalese leader.
Fatma Samoura considered that this “nightmare” then prevented “everyone from celebrating this historic victory of the Spanish national team”, adding on this case that she “wants to trust the institutions that deal with these issues within FIFA “All these solutions were welcomed with open arms, because in the end a celebration turned into a tragedy.”