June 11, 2024

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Why FIFA yellow-carded Spanish football chief Rubiales

For 90 days hence, Spanish football federation president Luis Rubiales would have nothing to do with anything concerning soccer, whether in Spain or anywhere else in the world.

He has been suspended, with reasons, by world soccer-rulling mega-government FIFA, because Rubiales could not control his emotions at the international arena.

The football chief kissed midfielder Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the medal ceremony after Spain won the Women’s World Cup final last week — for the first time in history.

He says the kiss was “you-gree-I-gree” but the woman said, “na lie oo!

FIFA now says that, in addition to the suspension from all football activities, neither Rubiales nor the football federation are allowed to contact Hermoso, the lady who was kissed.

Spanish football federation chieftains had earlier said it was going to take legal action over comments Hermoso made, but then at least 81 female players said they would not play for the national team whilst Rubiales was still in the job.

FIFA saw the shenanigans in a critical light and rolled out the following statement:

“Chairman of FIFA Disciplinary Committee Jorge Ivan Palacio (Colombia), in use of the powers granted by Article 51 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), has decided to provisionally suspend Mr. Luis Rubiales from all football-related activities at national and international level.

“This suspension, which will be effective as of (August 26, 2023), is for an initial period of 90 days, pending disciplinary proceedings opened against Luis Rubiales on Thursday, August 24.

“Likewise, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee chairman, in order to preserve, among other factors, the fundamental rights of the national soccer team player Ms. Jennifer Hermoso and the good order of the disciplinary proceedings before this disciplinary body, has issued two additional directives (Article 7 FDC) by which he orders Mr. Luis Rubiales to refrain, through himself or third parties, from contacting or attempting to contact the professional player of the Spanish national football team Ms. Jennifer Hermoso or her close environment.”

At the centre of all this is Jenni Hermoso — a severally-decorated footballer considered one of Spain’s best-ever female footballers. Here is a quick look at her career:

Born in 1990, Hermoso currently plays for the Mexican clubside CF Pachuca. She is the granddaughter of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Hernandez, and joined the Madrid-based club’s youth system at 12 years old. She made her senior debut in 2012.

Her career took her to several teams in Spain and across Europe; she spent most of her career at FC Barcelona, where she played from 2013 to 2017 and from 2019 until last year

Hermoso is widely regarded as one of the best forwards in the women’s game, and is considered a legend for both Spain and Barcelona. She is the top goalscorer for both teams, and has scored 181 goals for Barcelona and 51 for Spain.

Jenni has won six Spanish league titles, the Champions League, and the World Cup, among other honours. She won the Pichichi – the award given for the player who scores the most goals in the Spanish league – a record five times.