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FIFA Suspends Spanish Football Federation Chief



FIFA said on Saturday that it had provisionally suspended Luis Rubiales, president of Spain’s football federation, amid an investigation that he forcibly kissed a player, Jennifer Hermoso, after Spain’s Women’s World Cup victory last Sunday.


In a statement, FIFA said that Mr. Rubiales would be suspended “from all football-related activities at national and international level” for an initial period of 90 days, starting Saturday. The body also ordered both Mr. Rubiales and the soccer federation he chairs to refrain from contacting Ms. Hermoso.


Mr. Rubiales has insisted he did nothing wrong to Ms. Hermoso, who said she never consented to his actions but had faced pressure to publicly back Mr. Rubiales. Spain’s soccer federation threatened to sue Ms. Hermoso late on Friday to protect Mr. Rubiales’ reputation.”


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