Luis Rubiales Resigns as Spanish FA Boss After Controversial Incident with Jenni Hermoso
In September 2023, Luis Rubiales shocked the football world by announcing his resignation as the Spanish Football Association (FA) boss. This decision came shortly after a scandal involving Rubiales and Spanish footballer Jenni Hermoso, which caused a worldwide storm. The incident occurred after Spain’s victory in the Women’s World Cup, when Rubiales kissed Hermoso without her consent. The disgraced football president faced severe backlash for his actions, including criticism for grabbing his crotch during the celebration.
Who is Luis Rubiales?
Luis Rubiales, born on August 23, 1977, in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, is a former Spanish football official and professional player. He played as a defender during his career and represented multiple teams such as Guadix CF, RCD Mallorca B, UE Lleida, Xerez CD, Levante UD, and Alicante CF.
The Controversial Incident with Jenni Hermoso
The incident that led to Rubiales’ resignation involved a non-consensual kiss with Spanish footballer Jenni Hermoso. Following the victory in the Women’s World Cup, Rubiales kissed Hermoso without her consent, sparking outrage and condemnation. Hermoso lodged a sexual assault complaint against Rubiales at the State Attorney General’s Office, leading to an official complaint being filed against him by the public ministry. Hermoso described the kiss as an impulsive, sexist act that violated her boundaries.
Rubiales’ Response and Resignation
Initially, Rubiales doubled down on the scandal and vowed to defend his innocence. However, he ultimately decided to step down from his position as Spanish FA boss. In a statement, Rubiales expressed his intention to defend his honor and innocence. He thanked everyone for their support and expressed faith in the future and the truth.
Personal Life and Family
Luis Rubiales was previously married to Spanish lawyer Maria Manuela Delicado Vega. The former FA chief has three daughters with his ex-wife. In an interview, Rubiales affectionately spoke about his daughters, describing them as strong individuals. His eldest daughter, Lucia, is a History of Art student and is known for her sensitivity and commitment to society. Rubiales referred to his second daughter, Ana, as an activist with remarkable intelligence. Little information is available about his third daughter, Elena, but it is believed that she is around 15 years old.
Luis Rubiales’ resignation as the Spanish FA boss came as a result of the controversy surrounding his non-consensual kiss with Jenni Hermoso. The incident sparked outrage and led to a sexual assault complaint being filed against Rubiales. Despite initially vowing to defend his innocence, Rubiales ultimately decided to step down from his position. His personal life includes a previous marriage and three daughters, whom he speaks highly of. The aftermath of this scandal will undoubtedly have a significant impact on Rubiales’ reputation and future endeavors in the football world.