WC Kiss Scandal, Spanish Football Chief Quits

Suspended Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales resigned from his post in relation to the kiss scandal that shadowed Spain’s victory at the Women’s World Cup.

Rubiales announced his resignation Sunday in a message posted on X.

“After my swift suspension by FIFA, and the rest of the cases building against me, it is clear that I cannot return to the post,” Rubiales said in his statement.

Rubiales kissed star player Jenni Hermoso on the lips without her consent during the Women’s World Cup awards ceremony.  Spain beat England to win the title on Aug. 20 in Sydney, Australia.

Hermoso formally accused him of sexual assault. Rubiales has been suspended from his job by FIFA for his conduct at the final.

Rubiales also resigned as UEFA vice president. Rubiales, 46, is a former player and head of Spain’s main players union.

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