(CTN News) – Recently, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has imposed a three-year ban on former Spanish football chief, Luis Rubiales.
This action comes in response to an incident where Rubiales forced a kiss on the lips of World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso. The incident took place during a medal ceremony following Spain’s 1-0 victory over England in the Women’s World Cup in Sydney, Australia, on August 20, 2023.
FIFA’s disciplinary committee investigated this matter, which involved charges related to violations of basic rules of decent conduct and behaving in a manner that brings shame to the sport of football and FIFA as an organization.
While FIFA did not disclose the specifics of the verdict, it was made clear that Luis Rubiales was found in violation of these regulations.
The former Spanish football chief can request the verdict within 10 days and file an appeal with FIFA. FIFA stated, “The decision remains subject to a possible appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee.”
This incident had initially led to a provisional suspension of Rubiales for 90 days by the world football governing body.
Following the conclusion of the investigation, FIFA has now extended this suspension to a three-year ban, prohibiting Luis Rubiales from participating in any football-related activities at both national and international levels.
In their official statement, FIFA emphasized their commitment to respecting and protecting the integrity of all individuals and ensuring that the fundamental principles of decent conduct are upheld within the football world.
This decisive action by FIFA underscores the organization’s dedication to upholding ethical standards in the sport and sending a strong message against inappropriate behavior in the football community.