Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales learns fate after kissing Women’s World Cup champion Jenni Hermoso

Luis Rubiales, 46, grabbed Spanish national player Jenni Hermoso, 33 and kissed her on stage following her World Cup Finals win

The president of the Spanish soccer federation, who caused outrage after kissing a Women’s World Cup player after her team won the Finals in Australia, will face an emergency meeting of the organization’s general assembly on Friday.

Luis Rubiales, 46, is scheduled to appear in front of representatives from Spain’s regional federations, organizations, players, coaches, and referees at noon local time in Madrid to explain why he grabbed Spanish national team forward Jenni Hermoso, 33, and kissed her on the lips without her consent during the awards ceremony following Spain’s 1-0 victory over England on Sunday in Sydney.


According to local media reports, he intends to resign.

Rubiales has received no public support from any major sports figure and is under immense pressure to resign after the incident, which he later called “a mistake.”



President of Spain’s soccer federation, Luis Rubiales, right, hugs Spain’s Aitana Bonmati on the podium following Spain’s win in the final of Women’s World Cup soccer against England at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023. At left is Spain’s Princess Infanta Sofia.  (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

FIFA, the worldwide governing body of soccer and the organizer of the Women’s World Cup, announced on Thursday that it has opened a disciplinary action against him and charged a disciplinary committee with investigating if Rubiales broke its code dealing to “the basic rules of decent conduct.”

The committee would also look at whether Rubiales was “behaving in such a way that brings the sport of football and/or FIFA into disrepute.”

FIFA’s decision came after acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain said on Monday that Rubiales’ apology was unsatisfactory and that “he must continue taking further steps” to be held accountable.

Tens of thousands of people attended the Women’s World Cup Finals, and millions more watched online as Spain won the title on August 20.

Rubiales was standing on the stage with the Spanish winners after the game when the contentious incident occurred.

After the kiss, Hermoso stated, “I did not like it, but what could I do?”

Her players’ union, speaking on her behalf, later stated that the kiss would “not go unpunished.”


Rubiales made an apology in the aftermath of the widely publicized incident.

“I made a mistake, for sure,” Rubiales admitted Monday, recalling the moment he embraced Hermoso, placing his hands over her head and kissing her on the lips.

“I have no choice but to accept it.” “What happened happened in a very spontaneous way in a moment of such emotion, without any bad intention or bad faith,” he added. “[There was] no bad faith from either side.”

“But it has caused a stir on the outside because people have been hurt by it, so I have to apologize; there is no other option,” Rubiales added. “I have to learn from this and understand that a president of an institution as important as the federation should be more careful, especially in ceremonies and such.”

He apologized after initially calling people who criticized the kiss “idiots.”

Irene Montero, Spain’s Minister of Equality, was among those who criticized him, calling his conduct “unacceptable.”

“Let’s not assume that giving a kiss without consent is something ‘that happens,'” she wrote. “It is a form of sexual violence that women face on a daily basis, that has remained invisible until now, and that we cannot normalize.” It is the responsibility of the entire society. In the center, there is consent. “Yes is the only answer.”

The nation’s governing sports authority, Spain’s Higher Council of Sports, promised to move fast to review different official complaints submitted against Rubiales to see if he had broken Spanish sports legislation or the federation’s own code of conduct that sanctioned sexist acts.

During the Finals, Rubiales was also chastised for making a vulgar gesture with his crotch while standing near Spain’s Queen Letizia and the 16-year-old Princess Sofa.

The combination of the gesture and the uninvited kiss has made Rubiales a national disgrace and diverted attention away from Spain’s World Cup-winning team.





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