Luis Rubiales is the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
He has been in the news recently due to a controversy involving a kiss he gave to Spanish footballer Jenni Hermoso during the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Rubiales was provisionally suspended from all football-related activities for 90 days by FIFA on August 26, 2023.
He has been under fire and refusing to resign from his position as president of the RFEF despite mounting pressure.
Jenni Hermoso has accused Rubiales of assault and manipulation, and has criticized his response to the controversy.
Rubiales has denied any wrongdoing and has defended his actions as a gesture of support for the Spanish women’s team.
Luis Rubiales partner
Rubiales is married and has three children, according to ESPN.
However, there is no information available about Rubiales’ partner or children including their names and date of birth.
Luis Rubiales and Jenni Hermoso incident
The incident involving Rubiales and Hermoso occurred after Spain’s victory in the World Cup.
During the awards presentation following Spain’s 1-0 victory, the Spanish Football Federation president, kissed Hermoso on the lips.
Rubiales put his hands on the back of Hermoso’s head, kissed her, and then slapped her twice on the back before she continued down.
According to Barrons, after the kissing incident, Hermoso expressed feeling vulnerable and a victim of assault.
On the other hand, Rubiales claimed that the incident was spontaneous, mutual, euphoric and consensual.
However, Hermoso disagreed with Rubiales’ explanation, stating that his words were false and part of a manipulative culture that he himself has generated.
The incident sparked controversy and led to a heated debate.
Some people supported Hermoso and criticized Rubiales for his actions, while others defended Rubiales and argued that the incident was harmless and consensual.
In response to the incident, the Spanish Football Federation called an extraordinary and urgent meeting to address the situation.
The meeting aimed to discuss the incident and its implications for the Women’s World Cup.
It is important to note that the details surrounding the incident and the perspectives of both Rubiales and Hermoso are still being discussed and debated.
Luis Rubiales career
Rubiales is a Spanish football official and former professional player who played as a defender.
He spent the majority of his playing career in the Segunda División, representing Guadix CF, RCD Mallorca B, UE Lleida, Xerez CD, Levante UD and Alicante.
Rubiales only appeared in 53 La Liga matches over three seasons, but he received the nickname Pundonor (Courage) for his tenacity on the field.
After retiring from playing football, he became involved in football administration, and was elected as the president of the Association of Spanish Footballers in 2010 and served in that role until 2018.
In 2018, Rubiales was elected as the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF); his leadership of Spanish soccer has been marked by both successes and scandals.
In 2018, he made the decision to fire Spanish national team coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the start of the World Cup, after Lopetegui accepted a job with Real Madrid without informing the RFEF.
Spain went on to lose to Russia in the Round of 16.