Following his kissing of Jenni Hermoso at the Women’s World Cup final, FIFA banned Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF), from all football-related activity for three months.
This comes after Rubiales declared at a news conference on Friday that he would not step down from his job in the face of criticism for kissing Hermoso on the lips as Spain celebrated winning the Women’s World Cup after defeating England 1-0 in the final last Sunday.
Many athletes, including David de Gea and Borja Iglesias, condemned Rubiales’ behavior.
They demanded that he step down from his position as well, and now FIFA’s own disciplinary panel has taken action.
The ban was imposed in accordance with the authority of Article 51 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), and it will start today (Saturday) and last for at least 90 days.
Rubiales has been informed that as part of this most recent punishment, he must “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.”
“FIFA reiterates its absolute commitment to respect the integrity of all persons and, as a result, condemns with the utmost vigor any behavior to the contrary,” the statement from FIFA continued.