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Spanish football boss Rubiales is set to resign over a World Cup kiss, according to reports.



Several media reports claimed Thursday that Spanish football leader Luis Rubiales will resign after being roundly chastised by the football world for forcibly kissing a Spain player on the lips following the Women’s World Cup final.

According to sources, Rubiales, 46, will retire as president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) before an emergency general session on Friday.

Rubiales kissed player Jennifer Hermoso on the lips after Spain’s 1-0 win against England in the final in Sydney on Sunday. He also congratulated himself on his success by grabbing his genitals.

Rubiales faced unprecedented pressure to resign, with days of condemnation coming from leaders such as Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s women’s league, and some men’s La Liga clubs, as well as from around the world.

Rubiales was charged with misconduct by FIFA on Thursday. The event “may constitute violations of article 13 paragraphs 1 and 2 of the FIFA disciplinary code,” according to FIFA.

On Wednesday, Spain’s Hermoso issued a joint statement with the union Futpro calling for action against the RFEF president.

“We are working to ensure that acts such as those we have seen never go unpunished, that they are sanctioned, and that exemplary measures are adopted to protect women footballers from actions that we believe are unacceptable,” the statement added.

Amnesty International, a human rights organization, backed Hermoso on Thursday.

“Amnesty International wishes to express its support for the demands of the player, who has requested that the (RFEF) initiate ‘exemplary measures’ regarding the non-consensual kiss,” the organization said in a statement.

“(We) emphasize that this behavior, like any other form of sexual violence, cannot be justified in any way.”

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