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FIFA Imposes 3-Year Ban on Luis Rubiales for Forced Kiss in Women’s World Cup final



FIFA Imposes 3-Year Ban on Luis Rubiales for Forced Kiss in Women's World Cup final

(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.

ORIGINAL STORY: President’s Kiss After Women’s World Cup Win Sparks Controversy and Debate

In the aftermath of Spain’s thrilling 1-0 victory over England in the Women’s World Cup final, a moment of celebration turned into a source of controversy when Luis Rubiales, the President of the Spanish Football Federation, kissed forward Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the official post-match ceremony. The incident, captured on camera, has ignited a passionate debate across social media platforms and within the wider public sphere.

Jenni Hermoso, the recipient of the kiss, initially expressed her discomfort with the gesture in a live stream, stating that she “didn’t like it.” However, her subsequent comments provided a different perspective.

Hermoso emphasized that the kiss was a “totally spontaneous mutual gesture” born out of the immense joy of winning a Women’s World Cup. She underscored her positive relationship with President Luis Rubiales, characterizing the kiss as a “natural gesture of affection and gratitude.”

President Luis Rubiales, for his part, dismissed the criticism, asserting that the kiss was a celebratory act between friends. He labeled those who interpreted the incident differently as “idiots and stupid people,” urging everyone to focus on the positive aspects of the victory celebration.

Notably, the public reaction to the kiss has been polarized. Irene Montero, the minister of equality, labeled the act as a “form of sexual violence” highlighting a larger issue of gender dynamics and consent. Similarly, media figures such as Nadia Tronchoni from El País characterized the kiss as an “intrusion” and “aggression” that violates personal boundaries.

Political figures have also weighed in on the controversy. Socialist politician Adrián Barbón deemed the kiss a display of “absolute lack of respect and an abuse,” arguing that the context of celebration does not excuse such behavior. Marta Lois, representing the leftwing coalition Sumar, joined the chorus of voices calling for President Rubiales’ resignation.

The incident has also prompted discussions around potential double standards. Critics pointed out that President Luis Rubiales’ interactions with male players in previous celebrations did not involve similar intimate gestures.

Video evidence showcases Luis Rubiales engaging in cheek kisses and embraces with male players, fueling the debate over cultural norms and respect in celebratory contexts.

The controversy surrounding the kiss has added another layer of complexity to an already eventful Women’s World Cup celebration. It’s a reminder of the intersection between sports, culture, and gender dynamics, highlighting the need for continuous dialogue on respectful behavior within the realm of sports celebrations.

As Spain reflects on their victory, the discourse surrounding the president’s affectionate gesture underscores the broader societal discussions taking place in the wake of high-profile events.

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