Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Luis Rubiales resigned as president of the Spanish Football Federation after the sanction of FIFA

Luis Rubiales, who previously held the presidency of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), submitted his resignation after he was suspended by FIFA in response to a complaint of sexual assault and coercion filed by the player in soccer Jennifer Hermoso. The complaint focuses on an incident where Rubiales kissed Hermoso on the mouth without permission during the Spanish team’s celebration for its World Cup victory.

Rubiales announced his decision to resign in an interview with British journalist Pierce Morgan and later issued a letter in which he also announced his resignation as vice president of the Union of European Football Federations (UEFA). In the letter, he stated that after the swift suspension by FIFA and other proceedings opened against him, it is obvious that he will not be able to return to his position. In addition, he mentioned that maintaining his position will not contribute positively to the Federation or Spanish football, because there are “powers that” can prevent his return.

Rubiales defended himself against the accusations and stated that he has faith in the truth and will do everything to make it prevail. He mentioned that his family and loved ones are suffering the effects of “extreme persecution” and the spread of lies. However, he also stressed that the truth is becoming more prevalent in public opinion every day.

In addition to his resignation, it was learned that prosecutor Marta Durántez asked the Australian authorities to analyze the case of Rubiales for sexual assault and coercion, since the incident happened in Sydney. In order for the case to continue, “double criminality” is required, that is, the act is considered a crime in both countries according to the Organic Law of the Judiciary (LOPD). Since those involved are Spaniards abroad, the Public Ministry of Spain can also instruct the procedure.

The resignation of Luis Rubiales as president of the RFEF and his legal situation created a great impact in the world of football and highlighted the importance of adequately responding to reports of sexual assault in sport and in society in general. the.

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