Spanish Court Ruling Prevents Government From Suspending Football President Rubiales Over Kiss
Summary from AllSides News Team
A Spanish court said it considered Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales’ kissing of a female player on the lips after Spain’s World Cup win a “serious” offense on Friday.
The Details: The ruling prevents the Spanish government, which wants to suspend Rubiales, from doing so. In order to issue a suspension, the court would have had to rule the kiss a “very serious” offense. FIFA, the association that runs the World Cup, has already suspended Rubiales from his post for 90 days.
The Context: Rubiales claimed the kiss was consensual, but a few days after the incident, the player, Jenni Hermoso, said it was not consensual. A recently surfaced video showed Hermoso laughing at a meme involving the picture of the kiss, however, she has reiterated that it was not consensual. Rubiales refuses to stand down from his position and has said he recently suffered “an unprecedented political and media lynching.” Spain’s women’s team said it refuses to play until Rubiales is relieved of his duties.
Key Quote: Spain’s Minister of Culture and Sport said, “TAD [Spain’s Sports Administrative Tribunal] only considers the serious [offenses]. We believe that they are very serious. The Superior Sports Council itself could have directly suspended Mr. Rubiales if they were very serious. But as TAD have not qualified it as such, it is up to the court itself. We will file a request for them to take that position.”
How The Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum covered the court’s decision similarly.
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From the LeftCourt hands win to defiant Spanish football chief over government
Spain’s highest court which deals with issues related to sports law on Friday decided football federation President Luis Rubiales’ forced kiss with forward Jenni Hermoso did not constitute a “very grave” violation of Spanish law.
By opening an investigation into Rubiales for only a “grave” violation, as opposed to a more serious breach of the country’s Sports Law, the Administrative Tribunal for Sport made it impossible for the autonomous government agency that oversees all sporting activities in Spain to suspend the disgraced federation chief until a final verdict is issued.
From the CenterSpanish Court Says Luis Rubiales’ Unsolicited Kiss With Soccer Player Was Not A ‘Very Serious’ Offense
A Spanish court on Friday agreed to open a case against Spanish Football Federation chief Luis Rubiales for kissing a women’s soccer player at the World Cup final, but the court said it only considered the potential offense “serious” as opposed to “very serious” — a setback for the Spanish government, which now cannot immediately suspend Rubiales, according to multiple outlets.
The Spanish government is seeking to suspend Rubiales, who kissed Spanish footballer Jenni Hermoso after her team won the World Cup in August — a kiss Hermoso later state was unwanted...
From the RightSpanish government can’t suspend Luis Rubiales after new ruling in World Cup kiss saga
The Spanish government suffered a setback in its case against Luis Rubiales, the embattled president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, on Friday.
The government cannot suspend Rubiales amid a case into his post-World Cup kiss with player Jenni Hermoso after a court rejected the argument that the charges against him were “very serious.”
“TAD [Spain’s Sports Administrative Tribunal] only considers the serious [offenses]. We believe that they are very serious,” Spain’s minister of culture and sports, Miquel Iceta, said. “The Superior Sports Council itself could have directly suspended Mr....