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Spain soccer president Luis Rubiales had not resigned as of Aug. 29.
An Aug. 25 Facebook post falsely declared that the embattled head of Spain’s soccer association stepped down.
"Luis Rubiales has resigned as the president of the Spanish Football Federation," the post said.
As of Aug. 29, Rubiales was still president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body of soccer in Spain.
Many were calling for Rubiales’ resignation after he kissed Jennifer Hermoso, one of Spain’s players, Aug. 20 during a ceremony celebrating Spain’s Women’s World Cup championship. Hermoso has said she did not consent to the kiss.
Rubiales has dismissed criticism and calls for his resignation, including the Spanish women’s team’s refusal to play until he resigns. On Aug. 21, Rubiales said: "There was no bad intention by either party. We saw it as natural. But it has caused a commotion and people are offended, so I must apologize."
On Aug. 25, Rubiales refused to resign.
The next day, FIFA, international soccer’s governing body, announced it had suspended Rubiales pending a disciplinary investigation.
We rate the claim that as of Aug. 25, Rubiales had resigned False.
Facebook, post, Aug. 25, 2023
Associated Press, "FIFA suspends Spain soccer federation president Luis Rubiales for 90 days after World Cup win kiss," Aug. 25, 2023
Royal Spanish Football Federation, "Official Statement: FIFA's provisional suspension of Luis Rubiales," Aug. 26, 2023
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