2023, SEPTEMBER 10 – Luis Rubiales, the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has announced his resignation in the midst of growing controversy following his unsolicited kiss on Jenni Hermoso after Spain’s victory in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™.
Rubiales confirmed his decision to step down from his role as RFEF president, acknowledging that he can no longer continue in his position due to increasing calls for his resignation following the incident that occurred after Spain’s 1-0 victory over England on 20 August.
Speaking on the Talk TV show Piers Morgan Uncensored, Rubiales shared his thoughts on the matter, saying, “I love my daughters so much, and they love me dearly. I am very happy and very proud of them; they mean a lot to me. Regarding my resignation, yes, I am going to do it. I am going to resign because I cannot continue my work.”
When questioned about the specific moment that led to this decision, Rubiales replied, “My daughters, I spoke with them, and they understand that it’s not just about me. They tell me, ‘Luis, you have to focus on your dignity and continue your life. If not, you are probably going to harm the people you love and the sport you love.'”
Rubiales confirmed his resignation through a separate statement, marking a reversal from his initial refusal to step down last month. He had previously asserted that the kiss with Hermoso was “mutual” and “consensual.”
The 46-year-old has formally submitted his resignation to Pedro Rocha, the acting president of the RFEF, who assumed the role as Rubiales’ interim replacement following FIFA‘s decision to suspend him for 90 days.
Additionally, Rubiales has resigned from his position as vice president of UEFA‘s executive committee.
In his resignation statement, Rubiales acknowledged, “After the swift suspension imposed by FIFA, along with the ongoing legal proceedings against me, it is clear that I will not be able to return to my position. Insisting on remaining in office will not contribute positively, neither to the federation nor to Spanish football.”
The announcement follows the filing of a ‘sexual assault and coercion’ lawsuit against Rubiales by the Spanish prosecutor, which could result in criminal charges being brought against him.