Spain football head Rubiales refuses to resign over unsolicited player kiss
Government ministers and figures within sport demand Rubiales’s resignation for his kiss on the lips of Jenni Hermoso.
Video Duration 00 minutes 15 seconds 00:15Published On 25 Aug 202325 Aug 2023
“I will not resign, I will not resign, I will not resign,” shouted Rubiales at an emergency meeting of the football federation on Friday.
“A consensual ‘peck’ is enough to get me out of here? I will fight until the end,” he added.
Rubiales, 46, was expected to step down as president of the Spanish football federation (RFEF) after government ministers and figures within the sport community demanded his resignation and world football’s governing body FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against him.
He said the pressure he has received this week from politicians and clubs was an attempt “to publicly assassinate me” and said he would defend himself by “taking action” against those people.
The RFEF chief claimed his kiss on Hermoso’s lips was consensual and done in the same spirit as kissing his child.
“It was a spontaneous kiss, mutual, euphoric and consensual,” said Rubiales.
The president did apologise for grabbing his crotch during the celebrations of the 1-0 win against England in the final while standing next to Spanish Queen Letizia.
“I want to say sorry for the deeds that happened in a moment of euphoria, I grabbed that part of my body and did so looking at Jorge Vilda [the coach],” Rubiales said.
“I was so emotional, I lost control and I took my hands there.”