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RFEF apologizes for Rubiales ‘unacceptable’ actions with a formal statement

The Spanish football federation has issued an apology for the impact caused by President Luis Rubiales’s kiss with Jenni Hermoso following the Women’s World Cup final.

FIFA suspended Rubiales for 90 days after he declined to step down from his role as RFEF chief. Pedro Rocha, currently leading the organization in Rubiales’s absence, expressed regret to both the football community and society.

The letter described the behavior of Rubiales, who grabbed and kissed Spain captain Hermoso after the World Cup final win over England and was seen grabbing his crotch during the match, as “totally unacceptable”, adding the then president’s actions “do not respond in no way to the values of Spanish society as a whole”.

Rocha’s letter began by saying it was “essential to request the most sincere apologies to the whole of world football, to the football institutions (FIFA, UEFA) of the footballers, especially the players of England in Spain, the other agents involved in football and fans around the world.”

“The damage caused to Spanish football, to Spanish sport, to Spanish society and the values of football and sport as a whole have been enormous,” it read.

RFEF condemns Rubiales actions while releasing an statement

“The RFEF wants to transmit to the whole of society and to the whole of football world its utmost regret for what happened that has tarnished our national team, our football and our society. We feel deeply saddened by the damage caused and therefore, we must apologize most sincerely and make a firm and absolute commitment that events like these can never happen again.”

Rocha reiterated that the regional presidents of the RFEF have demanded that Rubiales resigns from the post and promised “a whole set of actions that improve the governance of the Spanish football federation and allow it to repair, to the extent possible, the damage caused”.

The three-page letter concluded with Rocha extending his congratulations to the Spain women’s team for their World Cup victory and acknowledging that the controversy surrounding Rubiales had cast a shadow over their accomplishment.

“Finally, I want to congratulate our team once again for its historic triumph, recognizing the impact and legacy that his victory will have on the future of Spanish football. We are convinced that his spirit has inspired millions of people of all ages, and we cannot be prouder of the way they have behaved, both inside and off the field of play. In due time, I intend to give them back the spotlight and celebrate their achievements as they deserve.”

Marca also reported earlier today that Spain boss Jorge Vilda, who had his own set of scandals, is set to be fired by RFEF.

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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