Luis Rubiales resigned as president of the Spanish Football Federation after being chastised for kissing Spain forward Jenni Hermoso at the Women’s World Cup final presentation ceremony.

Luis Rubiales Resigns After Jenni Hermoso Kiss Row

Hermoso, 33, said the kiss after Spain defeated England was not voluntary and on Tuesday she launched a lawsuit.

In a statement, Rubiales said he had given the federation’s acting president Pedro Rocha notice of his resignation.

He said to Piers Morgan on his television program that “I cannot continue my work.”

Additionally, the 46-year-old quit his job as vice-president of the Uefa executive committee.

Spain’s World Cup victory has been overshadowed by the aftermath from the kiss in recent weeks, with Rubiales defying repeated calls for his resignation.

Following Hermoso’s testimony on Tuesday, a prosecutor complained against Rubiales to Spain’s supreme court on Friday for sexual assault and coercion.

Despite Rubiales’ claims that the kiss was “mutual and “consensual,” Fifa has temporarily barred him from sport.

“After the quick suspension carried out by Fifa, plus the rest of open proceedings against me, it is evident that I will not be able to return to my position,” Rubiales’ statement read.

“Insisting on waiting and holding on is not going to contribute to anything positive, neither to the federation nor to Spanish football.”

Luis Rubiales expressed his optimism that his resignation will strengthen Spain’s joint candidacy to host the 2030 World Cup with Portugal, Morocco, and Morocco.

He added “I have faith in the truth and I will do everything in my power to prevail.

“My daughters, my family and the people who love me have suffered the effects of excessive persecution, as well as many falsehoods, but it is also true that on the street, more and more every day, the truth is prevailing.”

While Rubiales was in charge, 81 Spain players, including all 23 World Cup champions, declared they would not compete for their country again.

As a result of the incident, Rubiales’ close buddy and World Cup-winning manager Jorge Vilda was fired on September 5. and Montse Tome was appointed as Vilda’s replacement.

While demonstrators gathered at the federation’s headquarters last month to demand Rubiales’ resignation, politicians, football players, and celebrities have all spoken out against him.