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UEFA president Ceferin admits Rubiales’ behaviour was ‘inappropriate’

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin believes the behaviour of Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales was inappropriate after the World Cup final.

Luis Rubiales has been provisionally suspended for 90 days by FIFA following kissing Spanish player Jenni Hermoso on her lips during the World Cup final medal ceremony.

Rubiales has refused to quit his job and even insists the kiss was consensual, something Hermoso strongly has denied.

In an interview with French media outlet L’Equipe, UEFA president Ceferin has broken his silence over the World Cup kiss controversy.

“I am a lawyer and one of the vice-presidents of FIFA. His case is in the hands of the disciplinary body of the international federation. Any comments I might make would feel like pressure,” Ceferin said.

“I just have to say that I am sad that such an event overshadows the victory of the Spanish national team.

“We should change things. I had a meeting today with Laura McAllister (vice-president of UEFA) to find ways to change the way we behave. We must do more.”

Ceferin also admits that Rubiales’ behaviour was inappropriate but insists everyone should let FIFA complete their investigate.

Ceferin added: “Of course, what he did was inappropriate. We all know it. I hope he knows that was inappropriate.

“This is enough for the moment because the disciplinary committee will decide.”

The 46-year-old Rubiales is also a vice-president of UEFA, but Ceferin said UEFA has no plan to suspend him.

Ceferin said: “He is suspended from all his functions, everywhere. There is no need to suspend it twice.”

Spain’s World Cup winning squad has said they will not represent their country until Rubiales quits his post. Members of the Spanish government and the RFEF regional heads have also called for Rubiales’ resignation.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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