By Victor Kanayo
After weeks of resistance, suspended President of the Spanish football federation Luis Rubiales has agreed to resign.
Rubiales who made up his mind to eventually quit on Sunday said his decision to resign from his post was occasioned by the scandal caused by his kiss on the lips of a Women’s World Cup player Jenni Hermoso.
While appearing in a television programme Piers Morgan Uncensored, Rubiales said, “I’m going to (resign), yes, because I cannot continue my work.
“(Family and friends) say to me ‘Luis, you need to focus on your dignity and continue your life. If not you are going to damage people you love and the sport you love.”
The 46-year-old has also resigned from his position as vice-president of Uefa’s executive committee.
The fallout from the kiss has engulfed Spanish football in recent weeks and overshadowed Spain’s World Cup win, with Rubiales ignoring repeated calls to resign.
Rubiales sparked a worldwide backlash after forcibly kissing Spanish midfielder during the medal ceremony following Spain’s World Cup triumph in Sydney on August 20.
The chief was suspended by FIFA provisionally for 90 days, while Spanish public prosecutors filed a lawsuit against him for sexual assault and coercion earlier this week.
Hermoso, 33, said the kiss after Spain beat England was not consensual and she filed a legal complaint last Tuesday.
That was after the entire Women’s national team protested and refused to play until Rubiales steps aside.