FIFA suspends Spanish Football boss Rubiales for kissing Hermoso

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Rubiales kisses Hermoso

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The President of the Spanish football federation Luis Rubiales has been suspended by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) for an initial 90 days period.

Rubiales kissed midfielder Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the medal ceremony after Spain won the Women’s World Cup final hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Hermoso had said the kiss was consensual, but Hermoso said it was not.

The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, Jorge Ivan Palacio, in a statement on Saturday said 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.

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“Likewise, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and in order to preserve, among other factors, the fundamental rights of the national soccer team player Ms. Jennifer Hermoso and the good order of the disciplinary proceedings before this disciplinary body, has issued two additional directives (article 7 FDC) by which he orders Mr. Luis Rubiales to 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,” he said.

Palacio added that the RFEF and its officials or employees, directly or through third parties, are ordered to refrain from contacting the professional player of the Spanish national team Ms. Jennifer Hermoso and her close environment.

“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 vigour any behaviour to the contrary,” he stated.

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