Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish football federation, is currently the subject of disciplinary action by the world’s governing body of football due to his actions at the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday.
After Spain defeated England, Rubiales gave forward Jenni Hermoso a kiss on the lips.
At the last whistle, he earlier grasped his behind with joy.
If those behaviors violate Article 13 of its disciplinary code, which deals with offensive behavior and fair play, Fifa will investigate.
FIFA issued a statement saying that “Fifa reiterates its unwavering commitment to respecting the integrity of all individuals and strongly condemns any behavior to the contrary,”
The disciplinary code stipulates that officials are among those who must “comply with the principles of fair play, loyalty, and integrity”.
Anyone who “violates the fundamental principles of decent conduct,” “insults a natural or legal person in any way, especially by using offensive gestures, signs, or language,” or “behaves in a manner that brings the game of football and/or Fifa into disrepute” is subject to disciplinary action, it states.
When the final whistle blew, Luis Rubiales was standing next to Queen Letizia of Spain and her 16-year-old daughter in the VIP section of Stadium Australia.
After Hermoso received her victory medal on the podium, he gave her a kiss on the lips.
Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish prime minister, said Rubiales’ apology for the kiss on Monday was “not enough,” and second deputy prime minister Yolanda Diaz joined the chorus of people clamoring for his resignation.
The act should not go unpunished, according to Hermoso’s union, Futpro, and the 33-year-old promised that the union will “defend my interests” in the case.
The 101-cap Pachuca player initially stated on Instagram that she “didn’t like” Rubiales’ conduct, but then issued a statement in his defense.
A special general assembly has been scheduled for this Friday “as a matter of urgency” by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).