Luis Rubiales, the Spanish football chief, has resigned from his post days after prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against him over alleged sexual assault for kissing a female player at the World Cup.
In a statement late on Sunday, Rubiales said he had submitted his resignation as president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, a role from which he had already been suspended for 90 days by Fifa, the game’s governing body, as condemnation of his conduct mounted.
“After the swift suspension by Fifa, plus the rest of the proceedings against me, it is clear that I will not be able to return to my position,” Rubiales said. Claiming he was facing “unconscionable persecution”, he added: “I will defend my honour. I will defend my innocence.”
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