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Updated Oct 30, 2023, 8:08am EDT

FIFA hands Luis Rubiales three-year ban over forced kiss on Spain player

Former president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales arrives at the high court in Madrid, Spain - September 15, 2023 REUTERS/Susana Vera/File photo
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FIFA has banned former Spanish Football Association president Luis Rubiales from all football-related activities for three years following his forced kiss on the lips of player Jenni Hermoso after her team’s Women’s World Cup final win in August.

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Rubiales initially refused to resign following the incident. Though he claimed the kiss was consensual, Hermoso said it was not, and later filed a legal complaint about his conduct.

Rubiales stepped down from his post in September.

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“FIFA reiterates its absolute commitment to respecting and protecting the integrity of all people and ensuring that the basic rules of decent conduct are upheld,” the organization said.

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The kiss sparked global outrage, including within the Spanish government: Equality Minister Irene Montero called the kiss “a form of sexual violence that we women suffer on a daily basis.”

The Spanish women’s football team temporarily refused to play in any matches until Rubiales resigned.

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