After the Spanish Women’s Soccer team tasted success winning the Women’s World Cup, the victory was overshadowed by a dark truth. The Spanish football president has vowed to clear his name after the shocking kiss scandal that has now led to his resignation.
Luis Rubiales Shocks the World
In a stunning turn of events, Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish soccer federation, resigned from his position amidst controversy.
A Resignation That Shook Spain
After weeks of intense criticism over an unwanted kiss, Rubiales made the shocking announcement on Sunday.
The Unexpected Exit
Rubiales took to X to share the news of his resignation with the world, in a tweet that read, “Today, I notified the interim president at 930 pm, Mr. Pedro Rocha, that I have resigned as President of RFEF.”
Saying Goodbye to UEFA
Not only did Rubiales step down from his role as president of RFEF, but he also relinquished his position in UEFA, “I have also let him know that I have also resigned my position in UEFA so that my Vice-presidency position can be filled.”
A Decision Fueled by Negativity
Rubiales emphasized that holding onto his position would not positively change Spanish football or the federation.
The Spanish FA has become under fire recently for Rubiales’ decision to kiss a female player without her consent.
The Unwanted Kiss That Sparked Outrage
Rubiales’ troubles began after an unwanted kiss with Women’s World Cup winner Jennifer Hermoso.
A Claim Denied
Rubiales described the kiss as “mutual,” but Hermoso quickly denied this claim, stating that she did not consent.
FIFA Steps In
Global governing body FIFA provisionally suspended Rubiales for 90 days while an investigation took place.
Rubiales Vows to Clear His Name
Amidst the controversy, Rubiales expressed his determination to clear his name and emphasized his faith in the truth, “I have faith in the truth and I will do everything when it’s in my hands so that it prevails.”
Accusing Hermoso of Lying
Rubiales said in the tweet, “My daughters, my family and the people that love me have suffered the effects of an excessive persecution, as well as many falsehoods, but it’s also true that in the street, every day more, the truth is being imposed.”
Swift Confirmation From RFEF
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) swiftly confirmed Rubiales’ resignation and his departure from UEFA, most likely glad to see the back of him and the scandal.
The Hunt for a Successor Begins
With Rubiales out of the picture, the RFEF board of directors initiated the process to find a new leader.
A Temporary Leader Steps In
During Rubiales’ suspension, Pedro Rocha took on the role of interim president.
Political Figures React
Spanish authorities, including the Minister of Equality Irene Montero, quickly reacted to Rubiales’ resignation.
The Spanish Minister of Equality reacted with the words, “It’s over,” on Twitter, but Rubiales believes the battle has only just begun.
A Hero’s Welcome for Jennifer Hermoso
Jennifer Hermoso received a hero’s welcome in Mexico, where her team, CF Pachuca Femenil, honored her after the World Cup victory.
Public Outcry and Transformation
The scandal involving Rubiales triggered a crisis in Spanish soccer and sparked conversations about “macho culture” in the country.
Coaches Resign, Players Rally
Spain’s women’s team coaches resigned, and more than 80 soccer players expressed support for Hermoso.
Defending an Unjust Act
Rubiales faced criticism for insisting that the kiss was consensual, despite Hermoso’s denials.
The Federation’s Controversial Statements
The federation released statements defending Rubiales and threatening legal action against Hermoso.
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