‘I will not resign,’ Rubiales, Spanish FA boss, accuses critics of attempts at ‘social assassination’


Luis Rubiales has refused to step down as president of the Spanish football federation following his behaviour at Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final.

BBC Reports that Rubiales, 46, kissed forward Jenni Hermoso on the lips after Spain’s 1-0 victory over England.

He had earlier grabbed his crotch as he celebrated at the final whistle.

“I will not resign, I will not resign,” he told an extraordinary general assembly called by the RFEF. “A social assassination is taking place here.”

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Rubiales apologized for the kiss on Monday before FIFA, world football’s governing body, opened disciplinary proceedings against him on Thursday.

He apologized on Friday for grabbing his crotch while celebrating in the VIP area of Stadium Australia, with Queen Letizia of Spain and her 16-year-old daughter stood nearby.

“I’m ready to be vilified to defend my ideals,” added Rubiales.

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