The President of the Spanish Soccer Federation, Luis Rubiales, apologized for kissing one of many ladies’s nationwide crew gamers through the celebration of the 2023 World Cup title, however said that he wouldn’t resign from his place, through the opening of the Basic Meeting of the nation’s soccer physique, Friday, in Madrid.
Rubiales defended himself and regarded kissing participant Jenny Hermoso on her mouth after profitable the world title for the primary time within the historical past of the nationwide crew was “spontaneous, mutual, consensual and consensual” and that he didn’t accomplish that from a “place of power” primarily based on his place.
“I can’t resign, I can’t resign, I can’t resign,” he stated, including, “Is a fast consensual kiss sufficient to get me out of right here? I’ll battle to the tip.”
And he continued: I kissed Hermoso as I kiss considered one of my daughters. Jenny raised me just a little and introduced me near her physique, so I stated to her: Can I kiss you? And she or he stated, “Nicely, I am not going to stop.”
The controversial 46-year-old confronted many calls to resign after he grabbed Hermoso’s head earlier than kissing her forcefully after Spain beat England 1-0 within the ultimate on Sunday in Australia.
And Spanish media reported Thursday night time that Rubiales will submit his resignation through the extraordinary basic meeting held by the Spanish Federation to debate this situation that has occupied the nation.
On Thursday, FIFA started disciplinary proceedings towards Rubiales.
FIFA stated the incident “could represent a breach of Article 13, paragraphs 1 and a couple of, of the FIFA Disciplinary Code”.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez described Rubiales’ actions as “unacceptable”, whereas the Spanish ladies’s league, La Liga F, known as for him to be faraway from workplace.