1 Oct, 2023 @ 12:45
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More bad news for Luis Rubiales as home town of Motril moots stripping him of gold medal honour

6/18/2023 - ROTTERDAM - Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales during the UEFA Nations League final match between Croatia and Spain at Feyenoord Stadion de Kuip on June 18, 2023 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. AP | Dutch Height | MAURICE OF STONE /ANP/Sipa USA *** Local Caption *** 48023329

THE LOCAL council in the town of Motril has taken the first steps toward stripping disgraced former football chief Luis Rubiales of the ‘gold medal’ that it awarded him as a former resident of the Granada locality. 

Councillors unanimously voted in favour this week of beginning an investigation led by its Honours and Distinctions Commission into the case, according to a report in Andalucia Informacion.

The move was instigated by the leftist IU Equo group in the local council, which filed a motion to strip Rubiales of the Gold Medal of the City that he had been awarded for his achievements within the world of sport. 

Rubiales was born in the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, but grew up in Motril. His father was once the mayor of the Andalusian municipality.

In September, Rubiales finally bowed to pressure and resigned from his role as the chairman of the Spanish Football Federation. He did so in the wake of his controversial kiss on the mouth of player Jenni Hermoso after the Spain women’s team won the World Cup in Sydney on August 20. 

Rubiales was not only suspended by world football authority Fifa for his behaviour, but is also now facing a criminal trial in the national High Court for the kiss itself and also allegations of coercion. He is alleged by the public prosecutor to have pressured Hermoso and those close to her to come out in his defence after the seemingly forcible kiss. 

Hermoso has always claimed that the kiss was not consensual, something that Rubiales has strenuously denied since the controversy broke out.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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