In a stunning turn of events, the president of the Spanish soccer federation has been slapped with an immediate 90-day suspension by FIFA as the governing body investigates allegations of misconduct.
Luis Rubiales finds himself in hot water after forcefully kissing star Jennifer Hermoso on the lips during the World Cup trophy ceremony, an unwanted advance that has sparked outrage.
Despite her public objections and threats of a team boycott, Rubiales refused to step down during an emergency meeting. But FIFA brought the hammer down hard, suspending the embattled executive to send a message that such brazen abuse of power will not be tolerated.
The controversial kiss that rocked the soccer world was caught on video for all to see. A jubilant Rubiales grabbed a stunned Hermoso and planted one on her lips, a clear violation of her consent.
“I want to clarify that, as seen in the images, at no time did I consent to the kiss he gave me and, of course, in no case did I try to lift the president,” a defiant Hermoso declared.
With the women’s team taking a courageous stand, FIFA had no choice but to act swiftly. But many questions remain unanswered as the investigation into this shocking scandal continues to unfold.