FIFA takes decision on Spanish FA President


The body governing football in the world, FIFA has decided the future of the Spanish FA President, Luis Rubiales.

FIFA released a statement on its official website confirming that Luis Rubiales has been suspended with immediate effect because of his kissing incident with Jenni Hermoso.

The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, Jorge Ivan Palacio (Colombia), in use of the powers granted by Article 51 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), has decided today to provisionally suspend Mr. Luis Rubiales from all football-related activities at national and international level.

"This suspension, which will be effective as of today, is for an initial period of 90 days, pending the disciplinary proceedings opened against Mr. Luis Rubiales on Thursday, August 24."

The Spanish Football Association's boss said in a statement on Friday that he vowed he would not resign, despite the criticism for kissing Hermoso on the lips as Spain celebrated winning the Women's World Cup.

FIFA continued in its statement,

"The decision adopted by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has been communicated today to Mr Luis Rubiales, the RFEF and UEFA for due compliance. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee will not provide any further information on these disciplinary proceedings until a final decision has been taken.
FIFA reiterates its absolute commitment to respect the integrity of all persons and therefore condemns with the utmost vigor any behaviour to the contrary."

Rubiales also kissed other Spain stars and grabbed his crotch in front of Queen Letizia of Spain and her 16-year-old daughter during the celebrations. He was expected to quit on Friday but instead repeatedly shouted "I will not resign" at a press conference.

As part of his sanction, Rubiales has been told he must 'refrain, through himself or third parties, from contacting or attempting to contact the professional player of the Spanish national football team Ms. Jennifer Hermoso or her close environment.