Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales considering stepping down from role

Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales is considering stepping down from his role and submitting his resignation on Thursday, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings in relation to the conduct of Rubiales at the Women’s World Cup final in Sydney on Sunday.

The 46-year-old has faced criticism after he kissed Spain player Jennifer Hermoso on the lips during the trophy presentation.

“The Fifa disciplinary committee informed Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish FA, today that it is opening disciplinary proceedings against him based on the events that occurred during the final of the Fifa Women’s World Cup on 20 August 2023,” it said in a statement.

“The events may constitute violations of article 13 paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code. The Fifa disciplinary committee will only provide further information on these disciplinary proceedings once it has issued a final decision on the matter. Fifa reiterates its unwavering commitment to respecting the integrity of all individuals and strongly condemns any behaviour to the contrary.”

The sections of the disciplinary code referenced in its statement cover “offensive behaviour and violations of the principles of fair play”.

The Spanish FA has called an extraordinary general assembly for Friday in response to the matter, while confirming it has opened internal proceedings.

Rubiales apologised for the kiss on Monday, but Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that was “not enough” and second deputy prime minister Yolanda Diaz joined those calling for him to resign.

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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