Three weeks after kissing Jennifer Hermoso, he steps down to focus on his court cases

Luis Rubiales resigns and blames real powers for preventing his comeback

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 - El expresidente de la Federación Española de fútbol, Luis Rubiales
photo_camera REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE - The former president of the Spanish football federation, Luis Rubiales

Three weeks later Luis Rubiales has resigned as president of the RFEF. At the same time that 21 days earlier he had spoken to Spanish radio stations and called "idiots" those who wanted to take out of context that "friend's kiss" to footballer Jennifer Hermoso.   

FIFA suspended him for three months. The government could not remove him from office. And the TAD qualified his behaviour in the Olympic Stadium in Sydney as a serious misconduct and not very serious, which left the CSD and Pedro S√°nchez without the head of Rubiales.  

The man from Motril does not assume mistakes in his letter and leaves some interesting details. "After the swift suspension by FIFA, in addition to the rest of the proceedings opened against me, it is clear that I will not be able to return to my position," he explains, pointing to the highest body presided over by Gianni Infantino, the same man who shared a box when the Spanish leader put his hand on his genitals barely two metres away from Queen Letizia and the Infanta Sofia, a minor.   

AFP/DAVID GRAY - Esta fotograf√≠a tomada el 20 de agosto de 2023 muestra al expresidente de la Real Federaci√≥n Espa√Īola de F√ļtbol, Luis Rubiales, llevando a la espa√Īola Athenea del Castillo Beivide sobre su hombro mientras celebran ganar Australia y Nueva Zelanda
AFP/DAVID GRAY - This picture taken on 20 August 2023 shows former president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales carrying Spain's Athenea del Castillo Beivide on his shoulder as they celebrate winning Australia and New Zealand

The political hunt against Luis Rubiales will go down in Spanish history. A character who has been protected for years as has been demonstrated in different journalistic investigations. The protection of Jos√© Manuel Franco, former president of the CSD, when the scandal of the commissions for the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia broke is only understandable now. Rubiales knows it well and that is why he assures that "there are powers that be that will prevent my return".  

The former president of Spanish football says in his letter that "I take this decision after having made sure that my departure will contribute to the stability that will allow both Europe and Africa to remain united in the dream of 2030", from which it is understood that he has spoken to someone who guarantees that getting out of the way will favour him and the candidacy of which he may end up being a part from somewhere.  

"I have faith in the truth and I am going to do everything in my power to make it prevail", that truth, his truth, is what will set him free if he is able to defend it before a judge when he starts to appear in the courtrooms that hear his cases. He has no choice but to put his lawyers to work to save his honour or the law will convict him of sexual assault and he will be marked forever, much more than he already is by the worldwide media trial to which he has been subjected.     

AFP FOTO/RFEF/EIDAN RUBIO - Luis Rubiales dijo el 10 de septiembre de 2023 que dimitir√° como director de la Federaci√≥n Espa√Īola de F√ļtbol tras el esc√°ndalo del beso
AFP PHOTO/RFEF/EIDAN RUBIO - Luis Rubiales said on 10 September 2023 that he will resign as head of the Spanish Football Federation following the kissing scandal

Rubiales will not go to prison for kissing Jennifer Hermoso on the mouth, but that sentence will be one of the first media sentences to be judged under the "yes is yes" law that even the RFEF adapted to its own legal mechanisms and that not even the president read.   

Now it remains to reform the RFEF. An impossible job that could take longer than the Holy Family because that is what there is in Las Rozas, an untouchable family that will close ranks around its way of doing things, without outside interference. Neither will Tebas be able to openly present a candidate, nor will the government be able to impose a woman as it seems likely to try.  

Spanish football cannot be managed by the government of the day, even if this does not please V√≠ctor Francos, president of the CSD, who has openly spoken of how he would like to have more control and even the legislation should be changed to turn this post into the same political puppet that he currently occupies as Franco, Rienda, Lozano or Cardenal did before him.   

AFP/STEVE CHRISTO - La jugadora espa√Īola Jenni Hermoso ha presentado una denuncia penal por el beso que le dio en la boca expresidente de la Real Federaci√≥n Espa√Īola de F√ļtbol, Luis Rubiales en la final del Mundial femenino
AFP/STEVE CHRISTO - Spain's Jenni Hermoso has filed a criminal complaint over a kiss on the mouth by former Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales at the Women's World Cup final

No one has ever dared the president of the RFEF. √Āngel Mar√≠a Villar fell when the Guardia Civil entered his office in Las Rozas. The lawsuits against him are still mired, his pension seized and everything awaits a sentence that proves that he committed all the things he is accused of. Rajoy's government overthrew Villar because he had been in office for 30 years and decided to take the allegations against him to the TAD.   

The S√°nchez government protected Rubiales and has only brought him to justice when he has overstepped his moral boundaries and stepped on the feminism that the socialist government has been championing for years.

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