Ex-Spanish FA chief Rubiales banned three years over kiss scandal

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Ex-Spanish FA chief Rubiales banned three years over kiss scandal

Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF), has been banned from all football-related activities for three years, according to world soccer’s ruling body. The ban was imposed due to the non-consensual kiss Rubiales gave to Spain player Jenni Hermoso after the Women’s World Cup final. This scandal, known as “kiss-gate,” overshadowed a significant moment for Spanish women’s soccer and sparked a global controversy surrounding sexism. FIFA stated that Rubiales violated article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. Rubiales’ lawyers declined to comment on the decision. In September, Rubiales resigned from his position as RFEF president, citing an untenable situation. Initially, he had resisted pressure from players, politicians, and women’s groups to step down. Hermoso filed a complaint against Rubiales, alleging that he and his entourage issued a statement without her approval, misquoting her as describing the kiss as a “mutual, totally spontaneous gesture.” Rubiales, 46, has the right to appeal the decision. FIFA confirmed that Rubiales has been notified of the disciplinary committee’s decision and that he can potentially appeal to the FIFA Appeal Committee. Former England midfielder Sue Smith expressed support for the outcome, stating that “something had to be done” and that the women’s football community stood together on this issue. The article was reported by Trevor Stynes, Martyn Herman, and Fernando Kallas, with editing by Ed Osmond. The report adheres to The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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