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Unwanted Kiss Controversy: Spanish soccer president resigns

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 September 2023, 10:17 IST
Spanish soccer president resigns

Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish soccer federation, has officially resigned from his position amid a significant controversy surrounding his actions.

The Unwanted Kiss Incident
The controversy stems from an unwanted kiss that Rubiales planted on Jennifer Hermoso, a Women's World Cup Winner, during a highly publicized event.

Rubiales' Resignation Announcement
In an announcement made through X (formerly Twitter), Rubiales stated, “Today, I notified the interim president at 930 pm, Mr. Pedro Rocha, that I have resigned as President of RFEF.”

Resignation from UEFA Position
Rubiales also informed Mr. Rocha that he was stepping down from his position in UEFA, allowing for the vice-presidency role to be filled.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed that Rubiales had submitted his resignation not only as the chief of the Spanish Football Association but also as vice president of UEFA.

Election for a New President
Following Rubiales' resignation, the federation’s board of directors will initiate an election process to select a new president.

Controversy Surrounding the Kiss
Rubiales' unwanted kiss on Jennifer Hermoso, which occurred after the Spanish team’s victory in the Women’s World Cup final on August 20, triggered widespread condemnation both in Spain and internationally.

Rubiales' Apology
Initially, Rubiales apologized for the incident and asserted that the kiss was "mutual."

Hermoso's Denial
However, Jennifer Hermoso strongly denied Rubiales' claim, asserting that she did not give consent and felt disrespected by the incident.

First published: 11 September 2023, 10:17 IST