Luis Rubiales, once a powerful figure in Spanish football, tendered his resignation late on September 10, finally succumbing to enormous public and legal pressure. The move follows a series of controversies that began with his inappropriate behavior during Spain’s Women’s World Cup win in August in Sydney, Australia.
As a result of this scandal, the Spanish Minister of State for Sports, Victor Francos, commented that Rubiales had done what almost all of Spanish society had demanded. There is overwhelming public opinion in favor of Rubiales’ resignation. The act is viewed by the majority of fans, players and politicians as an abuse of power and a sexual move, according to the Associated Press.
The former president of the Spanish Football Federation revealed his decision to resign to Pedro Rocha, the interim president of the federation. The Federation also issued an official announcement confirming the resignation, indicating that elections will be held soon to choose a new president.
Rubiales’ decision comes at a pivotal time when Spain is submitting its bid, along with Portugal, Morocco and possibly Ukraine, to host the 2030 Men’s World Cup. Given the risks to his reputation, Rubiales has also resigned from his position as vice president of UEFA.
Adding to the repercussions, the Spanish Women’s Football League is currently on strike to demand better wages, highlighting the issues plaguing Spanish football. Jenny Hermoso, the player at the center of this controversy, now represents Mexican club Pachuca after a successful career in Europe.
(with AP input)
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Updated: Sep 11, 2023 07:34 AM IST