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Luis Rubiales quits in wake of World Cup kiss scandal

By Sam Jones and Harry Taylor

10 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Luis Rubiales has resigned as the head of Spain’s football federation following a controversy where he kissed midfielder Jenni Hermoso during the Women's World Cup victory celebrations. The incident sparked a national and international debate on sexism.

Luis Rubiales has resigned as the head of Spain’s football federation almost a month after he grabbed and kissed the midfielder Jenni Hermoso during the celebrations of the country’s victory in the Women’s World Cup, sparking fury, incredulity and a national and international debate on sexism.

Rubiales had initially attempted to brush off the controversy over the unsolicited kiss after the team’s 1-0 victory over England in Sydney. He dismissed critics of his actions as “idiots and stupid people” as the incident provoked global outrage, led to his being provisionally suspended by Fifa, and prompted Hermoso to make a criminal complaint accusing him of sexual assault.

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