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Following his forced lip-kissing of World Cup champion Jenni Hermoso, former Spanish football chief Luis Rubiales was banned by FIFA for three years, the organisation stated on Monday.
Rubiales received a 90-day provisional suspension from the world football governing body for giving an unwanted kiss during the medal ceremony after Spain won the Women’s World Cup in Sydney in August.
Rubiales will now be barred from any football-related activities for three years, according to FIFA.
Hermoso said the incident left her feeling “vulnerable and like the victim of an assault”, with a statement on social media describing it as “an impulsive, macho act, out of place and with no type of consent on my part”.
Rubiales, who repeatedly insisted the kiss was consensual, resigned as head of the Spanish football federation in September.
“The FIFA disciplinary committee has banned Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF), from all football-related activities at national and international levels for three years,” the Zurich-based organisation said in a statement.
Rubiales was given ten days to request a so-called motivated judgment, which FIFA stated would be posted on the organization’s legal website, after being informed of the ruling on Monday.
“The decision remains subject to a possible appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee,” the statement said.
“FIFA reiterates its absolute commitment to respecting and protecting the integrity of all people and ensuring that the basic rules of decent conduct are upheld.”