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Luis Rubiales protests his innocence but resigns from office. © ANSA / JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO

After scandal kiss: Spain's football boss resigns

After the kissing scandal at the Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the head of the Spanish association Luis Rubiales, who was under massive pressure, has now resigned from his position.

“Yes, I will resign. Because I cannot continue my work,” said the 46-year-old in a letter on Sunday evening. Rubiales kissed player Jennifer Hermoso on the mouth on August 20th while honoring the Spanish world champion team after the final against England (1-0). She later filed a complaint.


A Spanish prosecutor filed a lawsuit against Rubiales for sexual assault in the Supreme Court last week.

“There are forces that will prevent my return.” Luis rubiales

Despite global outrage, the suspension by the world association (FIFA), a strike by the national players and a wave of resignations among the coaching staff of the women's national team, Rubiales initially held on to his position. Now he drew the consequences. The Spanish association confirmed on Monday morning that RFEF interim president Pedro Rocha had received a request for resignation from Rubiales.

Jennifer Hermoso was warmly hugged and finally kissed on the mouth by Luis Rubiales. © ANSA / US / RFEF


Rubiales will also not continue his work as vice president of UEFA. “Following the swift suspension by FIFA and the other proceedings brought against me, it is clear that I cannot return to my position,” Rubiales said in his statement. Waiting and holding on will “neither bring anything good to the association nor to Spanish football. “Among other things, because there are de facto forces that will prevent my return,” he added.

Still convinced of innocence

Rubiales insists the kiss was consensual. “I believe in the truth and will do everything in my power to ensure that it prevails.” Rubiales also gave an interview to British journalist Piers Morgan on Sunday about his resignation. The episode of the talk show Piers Morgan Uncensored has not yet been broadcast, but the moderator published a short excerpt of the conversation via social media.

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