FIFA rejects Rubiales appeal against three-year ban World Cup kiss scandal

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The Federation of International Football Associations, FIFA, has upheld the three-year ban of former Spanish football chief Luis Rubiales following his appeal.

“The Appeal Committee was comfortably satisfied that Mr Rubiales behaved in a manner contrary to the principles enshrined under the FIFA disciplinary code,” said FIFA in a statement on Friday.

Rubiales had been banned from the sport after forcibly kissing Spain midfielder Jenni Hermoso against her will after the Women’s World Cup final in August.

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Rubiales maintains that the kiss was not forced and may still contest his ban through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Despite leading Spain to victory in the tournament, Rubiales’ actions have marred their success, leading to widespread pressure for his resignation.

The 46-year-old refused to resign from his position for three weeks, during which he faced increasing pressure from around the world.

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