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Spain football scandal: Sport leaders ask Rubiales to resign over kiss of player

The chief officials of the Spanish Football Federation have called for the resignation of suspended president Luis Rubiales after a player was kissed on the lips during the Women’s World Cup final. The regional bodies that make up the Federation (RFEF) made the plea in a joint statement.

According to the statement, “Presidents of the regional bodies urge the resignation in light of recent events and unacceptable behavior that have significantly harmed the reputation of Spanish football.” Luis Rubiales, the RFEF president, from his position.”

The officials also urged the governing body UEFA to reverse the decision to suspend RFEF from international competitions due to the government intervention following demands to remove Rubiales from his position by interim president Pedro Rocha.

This step was seen as an attempt to silence some of Rubiales’ critics on a broader level, including government ministers who had demanded his removal, as such a suspension would restrict Spanish teams from competitions like the Champions League and might sway public opinion in favor of granting him permission. Keep your job.

Football’s governing bodies have long-standing rules in place that prevent national governments from interfering in the operations of domestic football associations. However, UEFA is unlikely to comply with the RFEF’s request for Rubiales’ suspension, according to an individual familiar with the matter who spoke to the Associated Press on Monday. The decision-making process was conducted in private, thus the speaker asked to remain anonymous.

For his actions at the Women’s World Cup final, notably when he kissed Spanish player Jenni Hermoso without her permission during the trophy celebration on the field, Rubiales has drawn criticism from all over the world. As part of investigating his behavior during his five-year term, FIFA, the organization regulating football, put him on administrative leave on Saturday.

His Mother a Hunger Strike

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His mother initiated a hunger strike at a church in southern Spain on Monday to protest against what she called Rubiales’ “bloody and inhumane harassment.”

The unprecedented request for suspension from the Spanish Federation was seen as a bid to support efforts to save Rubiales’ job, resonating with fans and powerful clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as attempting to provoke the men’s national team against their critics, much like a high-stakes game. In addition, Rubiales serves as UEFA’s vice president.

Spain’s top clubs are set to participate in Thursday’s Champions League group stage draw by UEFA, and the men’s national team has qualifying matches for the 2024 European Championship on September 8 and 12.

FIFA opened a disciplinary case against Rubiales on Thursday, after assuming control of the process, because he oversaw the Women’s World Cup. During Spain’s 1-0 win over England in the final in Sydney, Australia on August 20, Rubiales’ behavior drew attention to his and the Federation’s management of the five-year tenure.

However, FIFA did not enforce its version of the rules against government intervention to ensure Rubiales’ safety.

In a letter allegedly sent on Friday, the Spanish Federation requested UEFA to take action, but its embattled president rejected the call to step down in an emergency meeting the same day.

FIFA’s suspension prevents Rubiales from participating in official football activities and communicating with other officials, including Spain’s bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup with Portugal, Morocco, and Ukraine. FIFA’s disciplinary judge, Jorge Palacios, also ordered Rubiales and the Federation not to contact Hermoso, citing concerns that the Federation put pressure on her to support Rubiales publicly.

Recently crowned world champions, Spain’s players refrained from getting involved in a national scandal and shifted their focus away from their victory. They mentioned, however, that they would not play any other matches as long as Rubiales was in charge.

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