The president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, is under investigation by FIFA for his behavior during the Women’s World Cup final.
FIFA has initiated disciplinary proceedings against him following his actions on the day of Spain’s victory over England.
Rubiales was seen kissing Spanish player Jenni Hermoso on the mouth and making what appeared to be an inappropriate gesture around Spain’s queen and her 16-year-old daughter.
These actions have raised concerns about potential violations of FIFA’s Disciplinary Code, specifically articles 13 paragraphs 1 and 2, which relate to offensive behavior and violations of fair play principles.
Apology and Backlash
After the incident, Rubiales issued an apology for his actions, acknowledging his mistake and attributing it to the heat of the moment.
He expressed regret for his behavior, particularly the kiss with Hermoso.
Despite this apology, his detractors were not satisfied, and Spain’s prime minister called for a more thorough explanation, deeming the initial apology inadequate.
Loss of Support and Calls for Resignation
Rubiales is facing a growing loss of support from various quarters.
Spain’s female football league has called for his dismissal, labeling his actions as “very serious.”
They have even filed a complaint with the president of the Superior Sports Council.
The Basque Football Federation has announced that they will not attend an upcoming assembly to show support for Rubiales, and other members are considering similar actions.
This significant loss of backing puts Rubiales’ future as the federation’s president in jeopardy, although he has so far resisted calls to step down.
Emergency Meeting and Ongoing Investigation
The Spanish Football Federation is convening an emergency meeting to address the situation.
Rubiales will face questioning regarding the incident.
The investigation’s outcome could have far-reaching consequences for his role as president. Despite the investigation, Rubiales remains steadfast in his position, unwilling to resign despite mounting pressure.
FIFA’s Position and Disciplinary Rules
FIFA, in response to the investigation, has emphasized its commitment to upholding the integrity of all individuals and denounced any behavior to the contrary.
The specific disciplinary rules under which Rubiales is being investigated pertain to offensive behavior and violations of fair play principles.
These rules stress the importance of adhering to codes of conduct, showing respect, and avoiding actions that bring disrepute to the sport.
FIFA has announced that it will release further information on the disciplinary proceedings once a final decision has been reached.
As the investigation unfolds, Rubiales’ fate as the president of the Spanish Football Federation remains uncertain, with his actions and their consequences casting a shadow over his leadership.