FIFA said on Thursday it has opened a disciplinary case against Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales on Thursday for his behavior at the Women’s World Cup final in Sydney, Australia on Sunday.
FIFA’s disciplinary committee will determine if Rubiales violated “the basic rules of decent conduct” and “behaving in a way that brings the sport of football and/or FIFA into disrepute.”
Rubiales kissed Spainish player Jenni Hermoso on the lips during medal and trophy medal ceremony on Sunday after the team recorded its first world championship, a 1-0 win over England.
Several minutes prior, Rubiales grabbed his crotch as a victory gesture in the exclusive section of seats with Queen Letizia of Spain and 16-year-old Princess Sofía nearby.
The FIFA disciplinary panel is chaired by Colombian attonrey Jorge Palacio, a former labor court judge and member of the state constitutional court.
“The events may constitute violations of article 13 paragraphs 1 and 2 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code,” FIFA said in a statement.
“The FIFA disciplinary committee will only provide further information on these disciplinary proceedings once it has issued a final decision on the matter.
“FIFA reiterates its unwavering commitment to respecting the integrity of all individuals and strongly condemns any behaviour to the contrary.”