Luis Rubiales

Spanish FA President Luis Rubiales resigns over Jenni Hermoso’s kiss

Luis Rubiales has finally resigned as president of the Spanish Football Federation following criticism for kissing Spain forward Jenni Hermoso at the presentation ceremony of the Women’s World Cup.

Hermoso, 33, said the kiss after Spain beat England was not consensual and
She filed a legal complaint last Tuesday.

Rubiales released a statement saying he had submitted his resignation to federation acting president Pedro Rocha.

“I cannot continue my work,” Rubiales said on ‘Piers Morgan Uncensored’.
The 46-year-old has also resigned from his position as vice-president of Uefa’s
executive committee.

On Friday, a prosecutor also filed a complaint with Spain’s high court against Rubiales for sexual assault and coercion.

Rubiales claimed the kiss was “mutual and “consensual” but had been provisionally suspended by football’s
world governing body Fifa.

Hermoso’s legal complaint means he could face criminal charges.

“After the quick suspension carried out by Fifa, plus the rest of open proceedings against me, it is evident that I will not be able to return to my position,” Rubiales’ statement read.

“Insisting on waiting and holding on is not going to contribute to anything positive, neither to the federation nor to Spanish football.”

The kiss that shook Spanish & global football Rubiales said he hoped his departure would boost Spain’s joint bid with Morocco and Portugal to host the
2030 World Cup.

He added: “I have faith in the truth and I will do everything in my power to prevail.
“My daughters, my family and the people who love me have suffered the effects
of excessive persecution, as well as many falsehoods, but it is also true that on the street, more and more every
day, the truth is prevailing.”

Some 81 Spain players, including all 23 World Cup winners, said they would not
play for the national team again while Rubiales was in charge.

Asked by Morgan whether something in particular finally led him to resign, Rubiales said he spoke to his family and listened to the advice of friends.”My father, my daughters, I spoke with them – they know it’s not a question about me – and some friends very close to me said to me ‘Luis, you need to focus on
your dignity and to continue your life because if not, you are going to damage people you love and the sport you
love’,” Rubiales said.

Rubiales awaits high court decision
Hermoso’s complaint was one of sexual assault but prosecutor Marta Durantez Gil has also added an allegation of coercion when filing to the high court. It is now up to the court to present formal charges against Rubiales.

Prior to the kiss, Rubiales had been seen grabbing his crotch while celebrating
Spain’s 1-0 win over England in Sydney.
A high court judge will now assess the complaint and decide whether to accept or archive the request.

If accepted, a magistrate will be assigned to lead an investigation, which will conclude either with a recommendation for the case to go to trial or be dismissed.
The charge of sexual assault under Spanish law can carry a punishment ranging from a fine to four years in prison.