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Luis Rubiales Can't Be Suspended by Spanish Government Amid Ruling, Investigation

Royal Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales cannot be suspended by the Spanish government for his behavior following the Spanish women's national team's victory at the 2023 Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this summer.

Rubiales can't be suspended after Spain's Administrative Sports Court opened a "serious" but not "very serious" breach of conduct investigation into the Spanish soccer chief for his unwelcomed kiss on forward Jennifer Hermoso during the team's World Cup celebration, according to ESPN's Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.

Rubiales said in a statement on Friday, via Semra Hunter of Sky Sports:

Semra Hunter

•"I have learned that no matter how great the joy is and deep the emotion, including a World Cup win, sports leaders should be required to exhibit exemplary behavior, and mine was not.