Spanish Football Federation asks Rubiales to resign

29 August 2023

Written by: Jasmine Geddes

Player Jenni Hermoso said the post-final kiss was not consensual.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has asked Luis Rubiales to resign after kissing player Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the World Cup medal presentation over a week ago.

Hermoso has said that the kiss was not consensual as Rubiales had claimed following an outcry.

“I want to reiterate as I did before that I did not like this incident,” she said in a statement.

The RFEF’s regional presidents originally supported Rubiales in their meeting on Friday, but Monday’s emergency meeting has led to his suspension and potential removal.

“I won’t resign. I will fight until the end,” Rubiales said in Friday’s meeting.

Earlier on Monday, a Spanish court opened a preliminary investigation into Rubiales looking into whether the kiss could amount to a sexual assault case.

Rubiales’ mother, Angeles Bejar, has gone on a hunger strike in support of her son, telling Spanish Press it is an “inhumane and bloody witch-hunt”.

The RFEF have put their support in vice-president Pedro Rocha to lead them through a “new stage where dialogue and reconciliation with all football institutions will be the line followed.”

Spain were victorious in the Women’s World Cup, defeating England 1-0 in Sydney on August 20.

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