FIFA will push for Luis Rubiales to be banned from all football for 15 years after the disgraced Spanish FA president’s own federation dramatically withdrew their support for him.
Spanish FA chiefs asked Rubiales, 46, to resign with immediate effect, saying his ‘unacceptable’ behaviour had caused ‘grave harm to the image of Spanish football’.
The U-turn followed a threat from FIFA to ban Spain’s national teams and elite clubs from international competition if the Spanish FA refused to accept their punishment of Rubiales.
Sources involved in the disciplinary process have told Mail Sport that FIFA are pushing for a ban for Rubiales of up to 15 years — the maximum permitted by their statutes. That would have allowed them to take action against Spanish national sides and clubs if the judgment had been contested.
Rubiales was last week given a 90-day interim suspension by FIFA, but retained the backing of the Spanish FA, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into his extraordinary behaviour in kissing Jenni Hermoso following Spain’s World Cup final victory over England.
Following a five-hour meeting on Monday, the Spanish FA confirmed they had now asked Rubiales to step down.