The Superior Sports Council (CSD) will not be able to suspend Luis Rubiales as president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, after the Administrative Court of Sports (TAD) has opened a file for serious (and not very serious) misconduct against Consider that, with the information available, the kiss to Jennifer Hermoso cannot be classified as an abuse of power. The decision of the TAD is a hard setback for the Government, because it prevents the president of the CSD, Víctor Francos, from summoning the executive committee of the government body within 48 hours to proceed with the provisional sanction of the leader from Granada. Given this decision, the CSD will request a precautionary measure from the TAD for its provisional suspension until the aforementioned court decides on the merits of the matter. With this movement, the Government intends that, at least, the members of the court make their position clear to society that Rubiales is not provisionally suspended. For the Executive of Pedro Sánchez, if FIFA does not remedy it with a harsh sanction for Rubiales -he has already been suspended for 90 days- that he can return to his position as of November 21 would be devastating for the image of Spain .
This was expressed by the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta: “The government and CSD consider that these behaviors are very serious and we will continue to defend this criterion. But we accept the resolutions of the courts even if we do not share it and we will go to all the necessary organizations so that our criteria prevail, which we consider to be the vast majority in our Spanish society”.
As the new Sports Law was not yet fully developed, the CSD complaint appealed to the Law of 1990 and brandished abuse of power due to Rubiales’ kiss to Hermoso in full celebrations for the World title won in Sydney. He also alluded to the president’s unseemly behavior for touching his genitals in the box. In the applied legislation, the one cited from 1990, the abuse of power, which the TAD does not see proven in this case, is considered very serious. However, improper attitudes are considered only as a serious fault. In the new law that is about to be developed, the obscene gestures in the president’s box, with Queen Letizia and the Infanta Sofía two meters away, are classified as very serious. Had the sanctioning regulation been developed, it would have allowed the Government to suspend Rubiales.
The opening of the file gives way to the sanctioning process of the TAD. The sanctions classified as serious in the Sports Law of 1990 range from one month to two years of disqualification.
Last Saturday, FIFA already opened a file on the federation president and imposed a 90-day suspension on him, a setback that Rubiales did not count on in his efforts to hold on to office. After refusing to resign, in that assembly last Friday and again now, despite the unanimous request of the presidents of the territories, meeting this Monday, Rubiales’ days as leader of national and international football are numbered despite the lukewarm weather. TAD. Waiting for the definitive sanctions, first the body that governs world football and now the Government wants to leave him with no room for manoeuvre.
Statement before the TAD Resolution published today, Friday, September 1, 2023.
Thank you for the countless shows of support received.https://t.co/N4aq0cfc6D
— Luis Rubiales (@LuisRubiales17) September 1, 2023
Encouraged by the decision of the TAD, Rubiales has issued a statement through a recently created Twitter account -and verified its authenticity by this newspaper- in which he insists on his version that the kiss to Jenni Hermoso was consented: “In no way moment there was any aggression.” In addition, the president denounces, as he already did last Friday during the assembly in the RFEF, a political and media lynching. The man from Granada considers that he has more and more popular support and is relying on the decision of the TAD to continue defending himself. The note is headed by a kind of apology: “Sports leaders should be required to behave exemplary, and mine was not.”
Miquel Iceta: “Abuse of authority is quite a serious element”
Shortly after the decision of the Administrative Tribunal for Sport (TAD) was made known, the Minister of Culture and Sport, Miquel Iceta, summoned the media at the Barcelona Government Delegation. There he expressed his surprise at the fact that the TAD had opened a file on Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation, as a “serious” cause and not “very serious”, as the Government wanted. The reason: the non-consensual kiss to the soccer player Jenni Hermoso in the celebrations for the World title achieved in Sydney, reports Andrés Tomás.
“We have filed a complaint for two types of actions that seem extremely serious to us: abuse of authority and damage to the image of our sport. It seems to us that they are sufficiently serious elements and the TAD considers it that way because they have opened a file, ”he explained. And he continued: “In his rating, I dare say provisional, he only considers them ‘serious’. If the TAD had considered it “very serious”, the CSD itself, according to article 62 of the Sports Law, could have directly suspended Mr. Rubiales. But since it considers it serious, it corresponds to the court itself and we are going to request it from this very moment ”, added Iceta, who defended that the Spanish Government will make the necessary efforts so that Rubiales does not hold the position of president of the federation again. .
In addition, the impact on the Spain brand, a candidate to host the 2030 World Cup, is worrying: “We are going to defend the dignity, honor and image of Spanish sport. And we are in contact with FIFA to prevent the damage it has produced to our image from having negative consequences. I am convinced that we will have the support of the sports federations and specifically the RFEF, which the first thing it did after the suspension of its former president was to recklessly deliver a letter to UEFA that, if they had accepted it for processing, would have caused prejudice. evident to our sport and to Spanish football”.
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