Luis Rubiales scandal may jeopardize Real Madrid, Barcelona, and other Spanish clubs’ participation in all UEFA competitions.
According to rumors in Spain, the Luis Rubiales scandal has put Real Madrid and Barcelona’s chances of participating in the Champions League in jeopardy.
As a result of the Spanish government’s intervention in the ongoing World Cup ‘kiss-gate’ saga, which involved Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish Football Federation and Jenni Hermoso, a player in the Spanish women’s team, the Spanish FA on Monday urged European soccer’s governing body UEFA to consider expelling them.
If this request is approved, all Spanish clubs, including giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, would be barred from participating in UEFA tournaments like the Champions League, which would also affect Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad; the Europa League, which would affect Villarreal and Real Betis; and the Europa Conference League, which would affect Osasuna.
Their places in Europe are now in jeopardy as a result of remarks made by the head of the Spanish Football Association, Andreu Camps, who criticized the Spanish government for interfering in the scandal involving President Rubiales after he kissed Hermoso and grabbed his crotch in the royal box where Queen Letizia and her 16-year-old daughter Infanta Sofia were present.
UEFA rules state that “its members shall manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties.
“Anybody or decision of a body that has not been elected or appointed in accordance with said procedure, even provisionally, will not be recognised by UEFA.”
After its sexual violence protocol was triggered, FIFA initiated disciplinary proceedings against Rubiales on Thursday and said on Saturday that he had been suspended for three months from all national and international football activities while an internal investigation was conducted.
Although Rubiales cannot be fired by Spanish government, it has severely condemned his behaviour and said on Friday that it was attempting to have him suspended through a legal process before a sports tribunal.
To ensure that football is a sector with decent conditions and spaces free of sexist violence, Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz is scheduled to meet with leaders of the women’s players’ union FUTPRO, which represents Hermoso, and the Association of Spanish Footballers on Monday.
The acting budget minister, Maria Jesus Montero, stated on Sunday that Rubiales shouldn’t take over as the leader of Spanish football again. She said that a person who lies and who has made a show of not understanding what the fight for equality means in an area as important as sport cannot have the future of football in Spain in his hands.
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