Football: FIFA Opens Disciplinary Proceedings Against Spanish FA President

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World football’s governing body has opened disciplinary proceedings against Spanish football federation president Luis Rubiales for his behavior at Women’s World Cup final. Rubiales kissed forward Jenni Hermoso on the lips after Spain beat England. He earlier grabbed his crotch as he celebrated at the final whistle. FIFA will look at whether his actions constitute violations of article 13 in its disciplinary code, concerning offensive behavior and fair play.

“FIFA reiterates its unwavering commitment to respecting the integrity of all individuals and strongly condemns any behavior to the contrary,” the governing body said in a statement. According to the disciplinary code, officials are among those that must “comply with the principles of fair play, loyalty and integrity.” It says disciplinary measures can be brought against anyone “violating the basic rules of decent conduct, insulting a natural or legal person in any way, especially by using offensive gestures, signs or language or behaving in a way that brings the sport of football and/or FIFA into disrepute.”

Rubiales’ celebration at the final whistle was in the VIP area of Stadium Australia, while he was standing near Queen Letizia of Spain and her 16-year-old daughter. He then kissed Hermoso on the lips after she was presented with her winner’s medal on the podium.

Rubiales apologized for the kiss on Monday, but Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that was “not enough” and second deputy prime minister Yolanda Diaz joined those calling for him to resign. According to reports, Rubiales is set to announce his resignation on Friday and has already informed colleagues of his decision.

“Rubiales will resign tomorrow. He had lost the backing of the players, the government, FIFA, and even those local organizations that depend on the federation budget,” Spanish football expert Guillem Balague wrote on X (formerly Twitter). “[The] next step is for everyone in Spain to reflect on what has happened and why.”

 

 

 

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