Former Spanish FA (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales has been banned by FIFA from all football-related activities for three years.
World football’s governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against Rubiales in August following incidents at the Women’s World Cup final, where he kissed Spain player Jenni Hermoso on the lips and grabbed his crotch in celebration.
Rubiales, who resigned from his position in September, has said the kiss was consensual, but Hermoso has maintained it was not, saying she “will not tolerate that my word is doubted”.
FIFA said on Monday that Rubiales was found to have breached article 13 of the FIFA disciplinary code.
A statement from FIFA 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.”
It added: “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.”
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