Luis Rubiales has resigned as president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) after he kissed midfielder Jenni Hermoso on the lips following Spain’s victory in the Women’s World Cup final.
Rubiales was asked to resign by the Spanish football federation and Hermoso, who insisted the kiss was not consensual, filed a complaint with prosecutors.
FIFA temporarily suspended Rubiales for 90 days and initiated disciplinary proceedings against him, but he has now issued a resignation notice to the federation’s acting president, Pedro Rocha.
“My resignation? Yes, I will do that, I cannot continue my work,” said Rubiales Piers Morgan uncensored.
“I love my daughters so much and they love me so much, I am very happy and proud of them. My father, my daughters, I’ve spoken to them, they know it’s not about me. They say to me: “Luis, now you have to focus on your dignity and move on with your life because you will harm the people you love.”
“If someone doesn’t just think about themselves, because I had to in these few weeks, then it’s not just a question of me. It can affect third parties, it is very important, this situation now, that is what I have to do.”
While Rubiales’ statement read: “After Fifa’s swift ban and the rest of the ongoing proceedings against me, it is obvious that I will not be able to return to my position,” Rubiales’ statement read.
“Insisting on waiting and persevering will not contribute anything positive, neither for the association nor for Spanish football.”
The Spanish women’s team claimed they would no longer play for their country until Mr Rubiales was removed from his post.
Rubiales always insisted that the kiss was “mutual” and “consensual,” but added that he had made “some obvious mistakes” in recent weeks.