FIFA issues lengthy ban to Luis Rubiales for kissing Jenni Hermoso


The body governing football in the world, FIFA has suspended the former Spanish FA President, Luis Rubiales from all football-related activities for three years.

The announcement was confirmed on the official website of FIFA on Monday, October 30, 2023. According to the body, Luis Rubailes was suspended for breaching article 13 of the FIFA disciplinary code after he kissed Spain forward Jenni Hermoso at the World Cup final.

"This case relates to the events that occurred during the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on 20 August 2023, for which Mr Rubiales had been provisionally suspended for an initial period of 90 days."

It added;

"FIFA reiterates its absolute commitment to respecting and protecting the integrity of all people and ensuring that the basic rules of decent conduct are upheld."

There were a lot of calls for him to quit after kissing Hermoso on the lips and grabbing his crotch in celebration shortly after the final whistle as Spain beat England on Sunday. However, he had since apologised for grabbing his crotch but maintained that the kiss was consensual, saying it was “the same as the one I would give to one of my daughters”.

Hermoso has denied she consented to the kiss, saying she “will not tolerate that my word is doubted.”