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Spain men’s team captains condemn Rubiales’ actions

The four captains of the Spain men’s national team, Alvaro Morata, Cesar Azpilicueta, Rodri, and Marco Asensio, have issued a statement condemning the suspended Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales.

They read out a statement addressing the controversy surrounding Rubiales, who kissed Jenni Hermoso after Spain’s victory at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

“First of all, we want to convey, once again, our pride and our most sincere congratulations to the Women’s National Team for the title of World Cup in Sydney,” the statement, released through the official RFEF website began. 

“A historical milestone loaded with meaning that will mark a before and after in Spanish women’s football, inspiring many women with an invaluable victory. 

“For this reason, we want to regret and express our solidarity with the players who have seen their success tarnished. We want to reject what we consider to be unacceptable behavior on the part of Mr. Rubiales, who has not lived up to the institution he represents. 

“We stand firmly and clearly on the side of the values that sport represents. Spanish football must be an engine of respect, inspiration, inclusion and diversity and must set an example with its conduct both on and off the field.”

Rubiales has faced widespread criticism from the global football community after a video showed him grabbing and kissing Hermoso while presenting winners’ medals following Spain’s 1-0 victory over England in the final of the tournament.

Despite numerous calls for his resignation, FIFA’s suspension of his duties, and Hermoso publicly expressing her disapproval, Rubiales has remained steadfast, stating that he will not resign from his position.

The Spanish Administrative Court (TAD) has deemed his actions as “serious” but not “very serious”, which was followed by Rubiales saying he has “been judged unfairly” and vowed: “I will continue to defend myself to prove the truth”.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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