Spanish Football Association President Luis Rubiales has resigned from the post following a huge criticism over his “forceful kissing” row with veteran Jenni Hermoso had gone viral since Spanish women’s team had defeated England to seal the World Cup. Jenni had declared that it was not by mutual consent and has filed a legal complaint last week.
Luis Rubiales resigns as President
Spain and England, two of the strongest powerhouses of football, had got the chance to lock horns in the much anticipated final of Women’s World Cup, held in Australia and New Zealand. Spain, with their stars like Alexia Putellas, Jenni Hermoso and England with Hemp and Lucy Bronze, it was poised to be a mouth-watering clash between the heavyweights. As promised, Spain edged past the English with a solitary goal from Olga Carmona, as the defender slotted past her shot past Earps, thus sealing the deal for “La Roja”. But, a controversial display of affection after the match by Spanish Football Association president Luis Rubiales marred the joy of emerging victorious in the final, as he kissed the Spanish star Hermoso, which overshadowed Spain’s maiden world cup victory, and shook the entire football fraternity.
In an interview with Piers Morgan, notable for his ‘famous’ meet with Portuguese superstar Ronaldo, Rubiales informed that he has submitted his resignation decision to acting president of Spanish football Pedro Rocha. He said, “I cannot continue my work.” He further mentioned in his statement, “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. Insisting on waiting and holding on is not going to contribute to anything positive, neither to the federation nor to Spanish football.”
A non-mutual display of affection which shook the entire world
Rubiales has explained that his stepping down from the portfolio position would enhance Spain’s chance of bidding jointly with Morocco and Portugal for 2030 World Cup. His statement further mentioned, “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.”
Amidst this “kissing” scandal, it was confirmed that 81 Spanish players, which included 23 of World Cup winners in the roster, had decided against coming on the field until Rubiales is at the top, demanding his resignation. Last week, several politicians and sportspersons have spoken against Rubiales, with protesters gathering at Federation headquarters, to evoke his stepping down. Spain’s winning manager Jorge Vilda, considered one of the closest allies of Rubiales, was sacked and was replaced by Montse Tome.
When asked by Morgan about his decision to step down, Rubiales mentioned about his family and some of his friends. He was heard saying, “”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. This was a question of not only me. An attitude towards me can affect third parties [that are] very important. It was the intelligent thing that I had to do.”