FIFA have confirmed that disgraced former RFEF president Luis Rubiales has been banned from all football-related activities for three years.
Rubiales eventually resigned from his role as president in early September after planting a non-consensual kiss on Spain striker Jenni Hermoso in the immediate aftermath of the FIFA Women’s World Cup triumph.
Hermoso filed a legal complaint against Rubiales for the kiss, as well as his attempts to coerce the World Cup winner into making a statement in order alleviate the pressure on him.
The former RFEF president has since appeared in court in Madrid to respond to the allegations of sexual assault and coercion levied at him.
Along with action being taken against him in court, Rubiales has also been under investigation by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, who has now confirmed his three-year ban from football due to his breach of “article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code”.
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has banned Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF), from all football-related activities at national and international levels for three years, having found that he acted in breach of article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code,” a statement read.
This case relates to the events that occurred during the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on 20 August 2023, for which Mr Rubiales had been provisionally suspended for an initial period of 90 days.
“Mr Rubiales has been notified of the terms of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s decision today. In accordance with the relevant provisions of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, he has ten days in which to request a motivated decision, which, if requested, would subsequently be published on. The decision remains subject to a possible appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee.
“FIFA reiterates its absolute commitment to respecting and protecting the integrity of all people and ensuring that the basic rules of decent conduct are upheld.”
What we know
- Rubiales has been banned from football for three years
- The charge comes in the wake of the former RFEF president kissing Jenni Hermoso
- Rubiales has also appeared in court after the incident.