The former president of the Spanish soccer federation, Luis Rubiales, has been ruled unfit to hold any job in the sport in Spain for at least three years.
The ruling comes a few months after Rubiales kissed Spain’s Jenni Hermoso during the postgame medal ceremony following the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final in Australia.
Rubiales had already been forced to step down from his leadership position despite initial attempts to remain in office amid an uproar. In August, Rubiales claimed calls for his removal were a campaign of “social assassination.”
Friday’s ruling by the legal panel that oversees sports in Spain comes after world soccer governing body FIFA had already banned Rubiales for three years.
Shortly after the incident, Hermoso released a joint statement via her players union, FUTPRO, refuting Rubiales’ claim that the kiss was consensual.
“I want to clarify, as you can see in the images, that at no time did I consent to the kiss that he gave me,” Hermoso said.