FIFA opens disciplinary case against Spain official seen kissing female player

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World football governing body FIFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales over his conduct at the Women’s World Cup Final.

Rubiales, president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), kissed Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the trophy presentation ceremony at Stadium Australia after Spain’s 1-0 victory over England on Sunday.

Luis Rubiales and FIFA president Gianni Infantino during the Women’s World Cup final.

His future as president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) could go some way to being decided on Friday, as the incident with Jenni Hermoso could yet see him banned from sport for two to 15 years

FIFA will look into whether those actions constitute violations of Article 13 in its disciplinary code, concerning offensive behaviour and fair play.

Rubiales with the Spain national women’s team.

According to the code, officials are among those who must “comply with the principles of fair play, loyalty and integrity”.

In a statement on Thursday, FIFA said: “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 20 August 2023.

Rubiales during a press conference.

Rubiales who had kissed Hermoso on the lips after Spain beat England had earlier grabbed his crotch as he celebrated at the final whistle.

Rubiales had initially dismissed the backlash to his behaviour as “idiocy”, however, he later reneged on his bullish stance and apologized for his actions.

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