Luis Enrique Weighs In on Luis Rubiales Controversy Amid Calls for Resignation

By now, everyone knows the controversy that Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales finds himself in after kissing forward Jenni Hermoso during Spain’s FIFA World Cup final celebrations.

Rubiales refused to resign and called the calls for his resignation a “social assassination” campaign by “false feminists” during his RFEF general assembly speech.

Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique knows the RFEF well, as he spent time on the Spanish national team as a player and coach. Ahead of PSG’s contest against RC Lens on Saturday at the Parc des Princes, Enrique was asked about the controversy. 

“Well, I can tell you a bit about my experience since I myself worked within the Federation for several years,” Enrique told reporters (h/t Culture PSG). “I would say that the work that Luis Rubiales has done with his team is truly exceptional. The numbers speak for themselves. 

“Regarding the last episodes, I think the principal concerned has admitted his mistakes. In this sense, my opinion is not necessary on this subject.”

Hermoso denied Rubiales’ claim that she consented to his kiss during World Cup celebrations in a joint statement released via her union FUTPRO on Friday. All 23 players of Spain’s World Cup-winning team announced their refusal to play for the national team until Rubiales resigned.

The president of Spain’s Sports Council (CSD) and its Secretary of State for Sport, Victor Francos, corroborated that they seek to remove Rubiales by filing a complaint with the Administrative Sports Court (TAD).

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