Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales set to step down over World Cup behaviour

Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales is ready to step down on Friday after heavy criticism of his behaviour on the World Cup closing in Sydney on Sunday, in accordance with studies in Spain.

Rubiales’ anticipated resignation will come sooner or later after FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings towards the 46-year-old, who grabbed his crotch in celebration of Spain’s victory over England, then kissed Spain midfielder Jenni Hermoso on the lips throughout the trophy celebration.

FIFA mentioned in an announcement issued on Thursday afternoon: “The FIFA disciplinary committee informed Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Association, today that it is opening disciplinary proceedings against him based on the events that occurred during the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ on August 20, 2023.”

FIFA’s assertion added: “The events may constitute violations of article 13 paragraphs 1 and 2 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

“The FIFA disciplinary committee will only provide further information on these disciplinary proceedings once it has issued a final decision on the matter.

“FIFA reiterates its unwavering commitment to respecting the integrity of all individuals and strongly condemns any behaviour to the contrary.”

The sections of the disciplinary code referenced within the FIFA assertion cowl “offensive behaviour and violations of the principles of fair play”.

The code cites examples of behaviour which might result in disciplinary measures being taken, together with “insulting a natural or legal person in any way, especially by using offensive gestures, signs or language” and “behaving in a way that brings the sport of football and/or FIFA into disrepute”.

Rubiales issued an apology through video on Monday for the Hermoso kiss, however Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez described the apology as “insufficient”.

The Spanish FA has known as a rare normal meeting on Friday in response to the matter, whereas confirming it has opened inside proceedings.

Rubiales is a UEFA vice-president and a member of its ruling government committee, and the PA information company understands if the Spanish federation was to dismiss Rubiales it might ask UEFA for the correct to appoint a substitute.

If FIFA suspended him, Rubiales’ seat on the ExCo would stay vacant till the subsequent UEFA Congress, when a substitute could be elected.

The FIFA proceedings might additionally hamper Spain’s bid to co-host the 2030 males’s World Cup finals, which Rubiales helps to guide.

Spain is bidding alongside Portugal, Ukraine and Morocco for the centenary finals, with a call on who will host as a consequence of be taken at a rare FIFA Congress within the closing quarter of subsequent 12 months.

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