Spanish Football Regional Leaders Call for Luis Rubiales’ Resignation

Luis Rubiales is facing mounting pressure to step down from his position as the president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) following his controversial behavior after Spain’s victory in the Women’s World Cup final against England.

The regional heads of Spanish football have joined the chorus of voices demanding Rubiales’ resignation. The catalyst for this call was Rubiales’s conduct immediately after Spain’s Women’s World Cup win, where he kissed Jenni Hermoso on the lips, leading to widespread criticism.

In an unprecedented move, the RFEF has reportedly approached UEFA, requesting the suspension of Spanish national teams from international competitions, seemingly as an effort to shield Rubiales from being ousted. Members of the Spanish government have also voiced their concerns, aligning themselves with those urging Rubiales to step aside.

A statement released by the regional football presidents reads: “In light of recent events and the unacceptable actions that have seriously tarnished the reputation of Spanish football, we, the presidents, call upon Mr. Luis Rubiales to promptly resign from his role as president of the RFEF.”

The statement continues: “We extend our warm congratulations to the women’s soccer team for their remarkable triumph in the World Cup. We acknowledge the significance and the positive impact this success has had on Spanish sports. We express our admiration and gratitude to the exceptional group of players and congratulate all those who, over the years, have diligently contributed to the growth of women’s football.”

Furthermore, the regional football leaders are calling for a comprehensive and immediate restructuring of key positions within the Federation to usher in a new era of management in Spanish football.

In a related development, Rubiales’s mother has announced her decision to go on a hunger strike in protest of the perceived “inhuman” treatment of her son, according to reports in Spain.

The 46-year-old president of Spanish football was provisionally suspended by FIFA on Saturday, pending an investigation into his behavior in Sydney on August 20th. During Spain’s victory celebration over England, Rubiales was captured on camera making an obscene gesture in the VIP area, just meters away from Spain’s Queen Letizia and her teenage daughter.

FIFA has imposed an initial suspension of 90 days on Rubiales, during which he and the RFEF are prohibited from contacting Jenni Hermoso, either directly or indirectly.

Hermoso, in response, has accused the RFEF of fostering a “manipulative, hostile, and controlling culture.” A total of 81 players have signed a letter vowing to decline national team call-ups as long as Rubiales remains in office.