Luis Rubiales’ kiss on Jennifer Hermoso could have serious consequences for the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation. Pedro Sánchez has strongly opposed Rubiales’ stance and also the apologies he later demanded, which he considered “inadequate” In addition, he urged him to “continue to take steps to clarify what we have seen.”
As the incumbent Prime Minister has made clear, the executive cannot remove the president of a federation. However, they are turning to the Supreme Sports Council to examine the complaint filed by Miguel ngel Galán, President of CENAFE, and to find out what route it might take. “In my capacity as Level 3 National Coach affiliated with the RFEF, he has accused Luis Rubiales Béjar of violating Law 39/2022 on Sport for the sexist act of kissing Rubiales on the mouth at the Femenino 2023 World Cup trophy presentation to Jennifer Hermoso,”, read the complaint.
Irene Lozano, former President of the CSD, makes it clear that they could destroy him: “Rubiales will not resign, so he can only be dismissed for violating equality in sport. Because he seriously damaged Spain’s image. Because he put pressure on Jenni Hermoso to victimize again. Because of lies. The CSD can do it. It’s 5:45 p.m.
The CSD can trade via the TAD
The Sports Act states that this type of behavior is a “notorious and public act violating the dignity or decency of sport” and an “abuse of authority”. In addition, Art. 108 reflects the possible sanctions, which include disqualification ranging from 2 to 15 years.
Since Luis Rubiales is currently unable to submit his resignation, it must be other organizations that remove him from his post. If the kiss on Jenni Hermosos is considered a violation of sporting decency or an abuse of power, the Administrative Court for Sport (TAD) could take action against Rubiales. The TAD is dependent on the CSD, so it is the Higher Sports Council that must refer the complaint to the court. So far, the CSD has always supported Rubiales, and none of the controversies Rubiales has been involved in, such as the possible conflict of interest in transferring the Spanish Supercup to Saudi Arabia together with the company to which TAD transfers Gerard Piqué,
A possible motion of no confidence
Another way for him to leave office is for the RFEF Assembly to table a motion of no confidence and vote in favor. It seems complicated that this option could have any touch of reality, as Rubiales has the support of the majority of MPs.
When Jenni denounces Hermoso,
Finally, a complaint from Jenni Hermoso could speed up the whole process. If the soccer player files a complaint and insists that he did not consent, criminal proceedings could be instituted against him.