Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish FA, has been criticized by his own uncle, who described him as a power-hungry man obsessed with luxury, money, and women.
Due to his behavior at the 2023 Women’s World Cup final, Rubiales has been suspended by FIFA from all football-related activities.
He was captured on camera making inappropriate gestures during Spain’s 1-0 victory over England and later hugged players and kissed Barcelona striker Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the post-match medal ceremony.
Despite facing widespread criticism, Rubiales has refused to step down from his position.
His mother has even initiated a hunger strike in an attempt to clear his name.
However, all 23 players in Spain’s World Cup-winning squad have pledged not to represent the national team as long as Rubiales remains in power, and 11 members of Jorge Vilda’s coaching staff have resigned.
Rubiales has been criticised by prominent figures from the world of sport and government, with his uncle now calling the 46-year-old’s character into question.
Juan Rubiales, who served as his nephew’s chief of staff at the RFEF between 2018 and 2020 but now endures a strained relationship with a close family member, has told El Confidencial: “Dignity is to defend Jenni, understand her, and reproach the embarrassing behavior of this president.
“He is a proud, arrogant person and his great enemy is himself. He is suffering because of his pride and because of his arrogance. And now he does not have the slightest dignity to get out of this trance in an honorable way. He is a cowardly man. When he puts on the boss’ hat, well, of course, he feels that he is the best.
“He is a man obsessed with power, obsessed with luxury, obsessed with money, even with women. I believe that this boy needs a program of social re-education and re-education in his relationship with women.”
UEFA has rejected calls from the RFEF for Spanish teams to be banned from European competition as a result of government interference in sporting matters, but a long-running saga appears set to drag on for some time yet.