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Scandalous exit: Spanish football chief resigns amid kiss controversy



In a jaw-dropping twist that rocked the football world, Luis Rubiales, the Spanish football federation chief, has thrown in the towel, exiting his post in the wake of a shocking scandal.

This shocking revelation comes after three tumultuous weeks of uproar over allegations that he planted an unsolicited kiss on a player from the women’s national team in the midst of their World Cup celebrations.

Rubiales, who had initially resisted the mounting pressure to step down, finally broke his silence through a dramatic resignation statement. His position, once unassailable, had become untenable in the face of an escalating controversy that threatened to engulf Spanish football.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) swiftly confirmed that Rubiales had penned a resignation letter addressed to acting president Pedro Rocha, marking the end of his turbulent tenure.

It all began with that ill-fated kiss. The shocking incident, where Rubiales kissed player Jenni Hermoso on the mouth “without her consent,” as described in a complaint, transpired following Spain’s victory over England in the World Cup.

The outrage that ensued reached far and wide, stirring up debates on sexism in sport, and leaving a stain on the reputation of Spanish football.

The tipping point came when a Spanish prosecutor filed a formal complaint with the High Court, accusing Rubiales of sexual assault and coercion. This legal maneuver followed Hermoso’s decision to file a criminal complaint of her own earlier in the week.

In his resignation statement, Rubiales continued to defend his version of events, claiming that the kiss was mutual and consensual. However, with FIFA suspending him from all football activities for three months pending an investigation, and the mounting legal proceedings, Rubiales faced insurmountable odds.

“Insisting on waiting and clinging… is not going to contribute anything positive, neither to the Federation nor to Spanish football,” Rubiales declared, acknowledging the grim reality of his predicament.

As he exits the football stage, Rubiales has also stepped down as a vice president of UEFA, marking the end of an era in his football career.

While the drama continues to unfold, one thing remains certain: the scandal surrounding Rubiales has cast a dark shadow over Spanish football, and the aftermath of his resignation will be closely watched by fans and critics alike.

Victor Okoye

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