Luis Rubiales blames Jenni Hermoso for World Cup kiss and shouts ‘I am not resigning!’ in wild press conference

Luis Rubiales has refused to resign from his position as President of the Spanish FA, and doubled down on his standpoint in a wild press conference.

Rubiales has been broadly criticised after kissing Jenni Hermoso on the mouth in the aftermath of Spain’s first-ever Girls’s World Cup victory.

The Spanish FA President grabbed the participant’s and kissed her on the rostrum after the match, and the act has been broadly criticised, even earlier than movies emerged of Rubiales grabbing his crotch in celebration in shut proximity to the Queen of Spain and her 16-year-old daughter.

In a chaotic press conference on Friday, when he had been anticipated to resign and the media briefed on his substitute, Rubiales doubled down on his place saying that he would struggle to clear his identify in court docket if vital, and calling out a ‘false feminism’ witchhunt for the criticism.

He loudly advised these gathered: “No I am not going to resign,” and reiterated himself a lot of instances, whereas a number of the viewers, together with controversial Spain girls’s head coach Jorge Vilda and Spain’s males’s head coach Luis de la Fuentes applauded his assertion.

It was a weird press conference. He defended the kiss, saying: “Jenni was the one who lifted me up. I advised her to ‘neglect concerning the penalty’ and I mentioned to her ‘slightly peck?’ and she mentioned ‘OK’.

“It was a spontaneous kiss. Mutual, euphoric and consensual. That’s the important thing.

“A consensual ‘peck’ is sufficient to get me out of right here? I’ll struggle till the tip.”

In an much more unusual flip of phrase, he mentioned {that a} “social assassination was happening right here” and that “I am able to be vilified to defend my beliefs”.

He added: “I apologise unreservedly however I don’t deserve this manhunt I’ve been struggling.”

Yesterday, the 46-year-old was being described as “cornered” by these with information of the scenario, as giant quantities of public criticism have led to 3 formal complaints over whether or not his behaviour constituted an infraction of Spain’s sports activities legislation, which sanctions in opposition to sexist acts.

Fifa additionally opened their very own investigation on Thursday 24 August and launched the assertion: “The occasions might represent violations of article 13 paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code. The Fifa disciplinary committee will solely present additional info on these disciplinary proceedings as soon as it has issued a ultimate resolution on the matter. Fifa reiterates its unwavering dedication to respecting the integrity of all people and strongly condemns any behaviour on the contrary.”

The sections of the disciplinary code referenced in the Fifa assertion cowl “offensive behaviour and violations of the rules of truthful play”.

An additional dimension to the story is that it’s now being seen as probably influencing Spain’s World Cup bid for 2030, which Rubiales has been central to, such is the worldwide publicity.

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