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FIFA suspends Spanish FA chair over Jenni Hermoso kiss

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Luis Rubiales kissing Hermoso

The world governing football body—FIFA, has suspended the president of Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales conduct at last week’s women’s World Cup final.

Though, Rubiales has refused to resign from his post despite a major uproar caused by him kissing Jenni Hermoso on the lips while she collected her medal after Spain’s 1-0 win over England in Sydney last weekend.

FIFA have also ordered Rubiales and the Spanish FA not to contact the World Cup winner or anyone close to her, while all 11 members of Jorge Vilda’s coaching team have resigned.

Meanwhile, Hermoso has accused the federation of a “manipulative, hostile and controlling culture”.

However, Spanish football federation while responding to FIFA’s suspension of Rubiales with a statement said, “The RFEF announces that, this morning, it has received notification from the FIFA Disciplinary Committee of the provisional suspension of Mr. President, Luis Rubiales Béjar, while the disciplinary file is being processed.

“In accordance with the provisions of the RFEF Statutes, the Vice President attached to the Presidency, Pedro Rocha Junco, assumes the interim presidency during this period.

“Luis Rubiales has stated that he will legally defend himself in the competent bodies, he fully trusts the FIFA procedures and reiterates that, in this way, he is given the opportunity to begin his defense so that the truth prevails and complete innocence is proven.”


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