In a demonstration of protest against RFEF president Luis Rubiales, Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias has declared his intention to boycott the Spain national team.
Rubiales, who ignited a wave of controversy during the 2023 Women’s World Cup, has firmly asserted his decision to remain in his significant role within the Spanish FA.
Despite apologizing for his kiss shared with Barcelona’s Jenni Hermoso following Spain’s World Cup victory, Rubiales is resolute in his stance against yielding to demands for his resignation.
Rubiales said during a bizarre speech in which he sought to defend his actions and hit back at his many critics: “I have already apologised for an unfortunate gesture. I have already said about the kiss that it is mutual and consented and for which I have to apologise for the context. Was it serious enough for me to go? I will not resign.”
Among those who have conveyed their disillusionment with Rubiales’ position is Iglesias. The 30-year-old striker has excluded himself from consideration for upcoming international selections until reforms are implemented within the Spanish system.
He has posted on social media: “I am sad and disappointed. As a footballer and as a person I don’t feel represented by what happened today in the Ciudad del Futbol de Las Rozas. I find it unfortunate that they continue to press and focus on a colleague. Wearing the Spanish National Team shirt is one of the greatest things that has happened to me in my career.
“I don’t know if at some point I will be an option again, but I have made the decision not to return to the National Team until things change and this type of act does not go unpunished. For a fairer, more humane and decent football.”