Luis Rubiales says he intends to resign as president of Spain’s soccer federation after Ladies’s World Cup champion Jenni Hermoso accused him of sexual assault following the nation’s win final month.
The incident occurred whereas Rubiales was congratulating the Spanish girls’s workforce following their Aug. 20 defeat of England’s workforce, bringing the nation its first win on the girls’s event. Rubiales kissed Hermoso on the lips, which she stated was pressured onto her and denied Rubiales assertions that she gave him consent.
In a clip posted by Piers Morgan on Sunday, Rubiales confirmed he’d step down from his place throughout an interview.
“Many individuals imagine it is best to resign as president, what are you going to do?” Morgan requested him.
“About my resignation, I’ll do…I can not proceed my work,” Rubiales stated.
Rubiales has already been suspended by FIFA and Spanish prosecutors introduced a sexual assault case in opposition to him in courtroom.
The interview on Piers Morgan Uncensored has not but aired. The Royal Spanish Soccer Federation has not made an announcement concerning Rubiales’ feedback and didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Sunday.
Spain’s prosecutor’s workplace stated on Friday that Rubiales was being charged with sexual assault and coercion based mostly on a brand new legislation handed final 12 months that eliminates the distinction between “sexual harassment” and “sexual assault.”
Soccer followers from across the globe have expressed outrage over Rubiales’ actions, which have been televised in quite a few international locations. FIFA suspended him from “all football-related actions at nationwide and worldwide stage” for 90 days.”
However Rubiales has denied any forcible assault on Hermosa and vowed to take authorized motion to defend himself in opposition to the allegations.