Rubiales loses appeal against three-year suspension for kissing Hermoso

ZURICH.- The disgraced Spanish football manager Luis Rubiales lost her appeal against a three-year suspension for misconduct during the women’s World Cup final, including the forced kiss on the lips of player Jenni Hermoso, the court said Friday. FIFA.

FIFA’s appeals court rarely changes the verdicts of world soccer’s governing body’s disciplinary committee, but it is a necessary step before going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The FIFA disciplinary judges cited in their October decision Rubiales’ kiss to Hermoso during the trophy ceremony after Spain’s 1-0 victory over England and that he grabbed his crotch in a gesture of victory while close to the Queen. Letizia of Spain.

“FIFA reiterates its absolute commitment to respect and protect the integrity of all people and to ensure that the basic rules of civic conduct are respected,” he added on Friday.

Rubiales resigned from the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation and the vice-presidency of UEFA in September, three weeks after the final in Sydney and in which he defied and refused to apologize.

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FIFA’s appeal verdict came a day after the Madrid investigating judge indicated that Rubiales, a former player and former union leader, must stand trial on charges of sexual assault and coercion of Hermoso. Rubiales has denied any wrongdoing.

The judge also decided that former Spain coach Jorge Vilda and two Federation officials must go to trial for allegedly pressuring Hermoso to defend Rubiales.

The forced kiss captured media attention from the moment it occurred and led to a boycott by Spanish national team players for a time.

FOUNTAIN: With information from AP