THE SPANISH FA has apologized for President Luis Rubiales’ behavior during the Women’s World Cup final.
Rubiales received harsh criticism after kissing forward Jenni Hermoso during the championship presentation.
“It is essential to present the most sincere apologies to the football institutions (FIFA, UEFA, FAs), the players, especially the players of the Spanish National Football Team and the English National Football Team, all stakeholders involved in football, and the fans around the world, for the totally unacceptable behavior of its highest institutional representative during the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and in the final of the m
Despite the apology, the Spanish FA have not sacked Rubiales and will instead carry out a “thorough review” of their policies and procedures.
The statement adds: “Those actions do not reflect at all the values of the whole Spanish society, its institutions, its representatives, its athletes and the leaders of Spanish sport.
“Spanish society is an example of tolerance and civility, in all social and political spheres and has been an example of behaviour and sporting decorum, as it has demonstrated for decades in all sporting events in which it has participated.
“That nobility and international prestige of our society and our sport have been tarnished in recent days by the actions of Mr. Luis Rubiales.”