Luis Rubiales has been described by his own uncle as “a man lacking courage” and “fixated” on power, luxury, wealth, and women.
Following his actions at the 2023 Women’s World Cup final, FIFA suspended Rubiales from all football-related activities.
He was captured on camera making an inappropriate gesture during Spain’s 1-0 victory over England, and later he hugged triumphant players and kissed Barcelona striker Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the post-match medal ceremony.
Despite facing widespread criticism, Rubiales has chosen not to step down. The RFEF chief, who also holds a position as a vice-president of UEFA, is persistently defending his stance.
In an effort to clear his name, his mother has initiated a hunger strike. However, all 23 of Spain’s victorious World Cup squad members have committed to refraining from representing the national team until his removal from office, and 11 coaches from Jorge Vilda’s staff have stepped down.
Even Rubiales uncle condemns him
Rubiales’ conduct has attracted criticism from notable figures in both the sports and government arenas. Additionally, his uncle has raised doubts about the character of the 46-year-old.
Juan Rubiales, who served as his nephew’s chief of staff at the RFEF between 2018 and 2020 but now endures a strained relationship with a close family member, has told El Confidencial: “Dignity is to defend Jenni, understand her, and reproach the embarrassing behaviour of this president.
“He is a proud, arrogant person and his great enemy is himself. He is suffering because of his pride and because of his arrogance. And now he does not have the slightest dignity to get out of this trance in an honourable way. He is a cowardly man. When he puts on the boss’ hat, well, of course, he feels that he is the best.
“He is a man obsessed with power, obsessed with luxury, obsessed with money, even with women. I believe that this boy needs a program of social re-education and re-education in his relationship with women.”