After weeks of criticism from across the world, the president of the Spanish FA has resigned, as Vincent McAviney explains.
Luis Rubiales says he will resign as president of the Spanish football federation following criticism for kissing Spain player Jenni Hermoso after the Women's World Cup final.
Spanish football federation president Luis Rubiales has said he is to resign from the role following the controversy over him kissing Jenni Hermoso.
Rubiales kissed the midfielder on the lips during the trophy presentation following Spain’s victory over England in last month’s World Cup final, but Hermoso said the kiss was not consensual.
FIFA suspended Rubiales pending an investigation into his behaviour, and Hermoso submitted a complaint to the national prosecutor’s office on Wednesday which is now with Spain’s high court.
Rubiales has claimed the kiss was consensual, but Hermoso's legal complaint means he could face criminal charges.
In an interview on 'Piers Morgan Uncensored', Rubiales said: “About my resignation – yes, I am going to do (it). Of course, I cannot continue my work.”
The 46-year-old added: “My father, my daughters, I spoke with them…and some friends very close to me, and they say to me ‘Luis, now you have to focus on your dignity and to continue your life.’
“Because if you know probably you are going to damage people you love, and the sport you love…in this situation now, (it is) the thing I have to do.”
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