Spain’s football chief Luis Rubiales resigns after World Cup kiss scandal

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Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has announced his resignation on Monday, following a scandal that rocked the World Cup in Qatar. Rubiales was caught on camera kissing a woman who was not his wife in a hotel lobby, just hours before Spain’s quarter-final match against Brazil. The video went viral on social media, sparking outrage and criticism from fans, players, and officials.

Rubiales apologized for his “grave mistake” and said he was stepping down to protect the image and reputation of the RFEF and Spanish football. He also thanked his family, colleagues, and supporters for their trust and respect during his tenure. He said he hoped his successor would continue the work he had started to improve the governance, transparency, and development of the sport in Spain.

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