Luis Rubiales 'selling his £1.2m home in Madrid amid legal fees'
Disgraced former Spanish FA chief Luis Rubiales is ‘selling his £1.2m home in Madrid amid growing legal fees’ as he deals with the fallout of ‘kiss-gate’ scandal following Women’s World Cup final
- Luis Rubiales resigned as Spanish FA chief last week after weeks of criticism
- It comes after he kissed Jenni Hermoso after Spain’s Women’s World Cup win
- The 46-year-old is now reportedly ‘selling his home’ amid mounting legal fees
Luis Rubiales is selling his £1.2million Madrid home amid growing legal fees after the kiss-gate scandal, according to reports.
The former Spanish FA president resigned in a recent interview with Piers Morgan after weeks of criticism over his conduct after the Women’s World Cup final.
Rubiales kissed the midfielder on the mouth after Spain’s victory over England in Sydney last month. The 33-year-old says the kiss was not consensual, and a lawsuit has been filed against Rubiales for sexual assault and coercion.
According to a sexual consent law passed last year, he could face a fine or a prison sentence of one to four years if found guilty of sexual assault.
Rubiales admitted in his interview with Morgan that the kiss was ‘a mistake’ but insisted ‘there was no harm, no sexual content, no aggression.’
Luis Rubiales is reportedly ‘selling his house’ amid mounting legal fees in the wake of the ‘kiss-gate scandal’
The 46-year-old resigned as Spanish FA chief in the wake of his kissing Jenni Hermoso after the women’s World Cup final, which she claims was non-consensual
A sexual assault and coersion lawsuit has been filed against Rubiales. If guilty, he could face four years in prison
It now seems as though the former Spanish FA chief may sell his home to help fund the legal battle, with the Sun reporting that Rubiales’ £1.2 m home in Madrid has been put on the market.
The two bedroom property is said to feature a swimming pool and underfloor heating, and is located close to Madrid’s city centre.
Reports in Spanish outlet La Vanguardia claim Rubiales bought the duplex a year ago and fully renovated it for £1.1m.
He is already making sizable payments from a previous legal agreement, as El Mundo report the 46-year-old pays his ex-wife €800 (£689) a month for each of their three daughters following the couple’s separation in 2013.
There have been suggestions that Rubiales’ daughters influenced his eventual decision to quit as he revealed they told him to ‘focus on his dignity.’
His resignation was eventually confirmed in a lengthy statement in which Rubiales accepted he ‘could not return’ to his role as president but continued to insist ‘many falsehoods’ had been spread about him.
Rubiales has also been banned from contacting Hermoso or being within 200 metres of her.
Despite his resignation and the dismissal of Spain women’s manager Jorge Vilda, Spain’s World Cup winners will continue their boycott of the national team until further changes are made.
A total of 39 players, including 21 of the 23 World Cup winning squad, signed a letter demanding further changes within the Spanish FA.
‘The changes made are not enough for the players to feel safe, where women are respected, where there is support for women’s football and where we can maximise our potential,’ the players said in a statement.
Rubiales (left) was reluctant to resign but has subsequently announced he will be leaving his post in an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan (right)
Spain women’s manager Jorge Vila (pictured) has been dismissed and replaced by Montse Tome
Members of Spain’s World Cup winning side are still refusing to play amid the ongoing row
‘The specified changes to the RFEF are based on zero tolerance for those people who, from a position within the RFEF, have had, incited, hidden or applauded attitudes that go against the dignity of women.
‘We firmly believe that strong changes are required in leadership positions in the RFEF and specifically, in the area of women’s football.
‘We believe that it is time to fight to show that these situations and practices have no place in football or society, that the current structure needs changes and we do it so that the next generations can have equality in football and at the level that we all deserve.’
Former Spanish player Montse Tome, who was part of Vilda’s backroom staff at the World Cup, was named as his successor earlier this month.
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