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The sanction has been imposed as a result of Rubiales’ refusal to step down from his role following his involvement in a controversy during the Women’s World Cup.

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After the post-match celebrations, Rubiales kissed Jenni Hermoso and claimed it was a “consensual” act. However, Hermoso contradicted this, stating that it wasn’t consensual, and she subsequently faced ongoing pressure to defend her stance against Rubiales’ actions.

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FIFA has responded by enforcing a 90-day sanction on Rubiales and initiating disciplinary procedures.

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

“This suspension, which will be effective as of today, is for an initial period of 90 days, pending the disciplinary proceedings opened against Mr. Luis Rubiales on Thursday, August 24.”

FIFA have also ordered Rubiales and members of the RFEF from contacting Hermoso until a decision on the incident has been taken.

Likewise, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and 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.