Luis Rubiales says he intends to resign as president of Spain's soccer federation after Women's World Cup champion Jenni Hermoso accused him of sexual assault following the country's win last month.
The incident occurred while Rubiales was congratulating the Spanish women's team Aug. 20 after it defeated England, its first championship at the women's tournament. Rubiales kissed Hermoso on the lips, which she said was forced on her, and she denied Rubiales’ assertions that she gave consent.
In a clip posted by Piers Morgan on Sunday, Rubiales confirmed in an interview that he would step down.
"Many people believe you should resign as president. What are you going to do?" Morgan asked.
"About my resignation, I'm going to do ... I cannot continue my work," Rubiales said.
Rubiales said he consulted with his father, his daughters and his friends about the decision, saying he ultimately decided to resign because of the scandal's impact on other people in his life.
BREAKING: Luis Rubiales has sensationally resigned as President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation following the scandal over him kissing Spain’s Jenni Hermoso at the Women’s World Cup Final. He revealed the news in a world exclusive interview for @PiersUncensored pic.twitter.com/Kl2uQTOzqv
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 10, 2023
Rubiales has already been suspended by FIFA, soccer's world governing body, and Spanish prosecutors presented a sexual assault case against him in court.
The interview on "Piers Morgan Uncensored" has not yet aired. The Royal Spanish Football Federation, which has not made a statement about Rubiales' comments, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.
Spain's prosecutor's office said Friday it was seeking to charge Rubiales with sexual assault and coercion based on a law passed last year that eliminates the difference between “sexual harassment” and “sexual assault."
A National Court judge must agree to hear the case, which would lead to a formal court investigation.
Soccer fans around the globe have expressed outrage over Rubiales' actions, which were televised in numerous countries. FIFA suspended him from "all football-related activities at national and international level” for 90 days.
Rubiales has denied any forcible assault on Hermoso and vowed to take legal action to defend himself.
Pedro Rocha, the federation's interim president, issued a public apology.
"Mr. Rubiales’ actions do not represent the values defended by the Spanish Federation, nor the values of Spanish society as a whole; and his performance must be attributed solely and exclusively to him, since he is the only one responsible for his actions before society, before sports bodies and, if applicable, before Justice," Rocha said, according to a translated version of a statement issued last week.
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