UEFA President: Rubiales’ behavior was inappropriate

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has now also commented on the kiss scandal surrounding the suspended Spanish Football Association boss Luis Rubiales. In an interview, the boss of the continental federation told the French sports newspaper L’Équipe: “Obviously what he did is inappropriate. We all know that. I hope he knows it was inappropriate.” He didn’t want to comment further on the scene that superimposed the title win after the Spanish soccer team’s World Cup triumph.

The Disciplinary Committee of FIFA will decide on this. The world association has already suspended the 46-year-old Rubiales for 90 days and initiated disciplinary proceedings. When asked about Rubiales’ vice-presidency at UEFA, the boss said: “He has been suspended from all functions, everywhere. There is no need to suspend him twice.”

Rubiales kissed on the mouth at the ceremony for world champion player Jennifer Hermoso in Sydney on August 20. He himself said the kiss was mutual. After the incident, however, Hermoso said that she “felt as a victim of an impulsive, sexist and inappropriate act that I did not agree to.” The Spanish Sports Court Tad is also dealing with the case at the request of the government in Madrid. The regional associations demanded Rubiales also called for the resignation, saying he was sad that such an event overshadowed Spain’s victory, Ceferin said.

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