Luis Rubiales had been suspended by the country’s sports regulators and FIFA following a scandal over his treatment of a female player
Former President of the Spanish Royal Football Federation (RFEF) Luis Rubiales © AFP / Eidan RUBIO/RFEF/AFP
Luis Rubiales, the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, has resigned in scandal after kissing a female player on the lips – apparently without her consent. He has already been suspended by FIFA, and could soon also face legal action, with several criminal complaints having been filed against him.
Appearing on Piers Morgan Uncensored on Sunday, Rubiales explained that he was stepping down “because I cannot continue my work.” The former football boss revealed that his family and close friends had advised him to do so.
The federation confirmed that same day that Rubiales “has presented his resignation tonight,” adding that “he also resigns from his position as vice president of UEFA.”
Last week, prosecutor Marta Durantez Gil filed a complaint against Rubiales in Spain’s High Court, arguing that there could be grounds to charge him with sexual assault and coercion.
The football player at the center of the scandal, Jenni Hermoso, lodged a criminal complaint of her own around the same time.