World football governing body, FIFA, has provisionally suspended Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales from all football activity for 90 days.
Under-fire Rubiales and the Spanish FA have also been ordered not to contact Spain World Cup-winner Jenni Hermoso or her close associates.
“This suspension, which will be effective as of today, is for an initial period of 90 days, pending the disciplinary proceedings,” Fifa added.
The Spanish female footballer said on Friday that she did not consent to Rubiales kissing her during the celebrations after her country’s World Cup final win over England in Sydney last Sunday.
Rubiales has refused to resign following the criticisms that greeted his action.
This further angered the Spanish team players who pledged not to play for Spain again – days after winning the World Cup for the first time.
Recall that the Spanish football federation ealier said it will take legal action over Jenni Hermoso’s comments about its president Luis Rubiales.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said: “The RFEF and Mr President will demonstrate each of the lies that are spread either by someone on behalf of the player or, if applicable, by the player herself.
“The RFEF and the President, given the seriousness of the content of the press release from the Futpro union, will initiate the corresponding legal actions.”
Below is Fifa’s statement in full, after suspending Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales.
“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.
“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.
“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.”