Luis Rubiales' family turn on him as Spanish chief called a 'coward obsessed with women'

Luis Rubiales’ uncle, Juan, has lashed out at the under-fire Spanish FA (RFEF) president in a scathing interview. Rubiales has been suspended from football-related activity by FIFA after planting an unsolicited kiss on the lips of Spain midfielder Jenni Hermoso following the Women’s World Cup final.

Rubiales was widely expected to step down after being subjected to fierce criticism due to the kiss, which Hermoso claims was not consensual. But in a dramatic turn of events, the 46-year-old refused to resign in a fiery press conference last week, during which he passionately defended his actions.

The RFEF boss’ mother was reportedly taken to hospital on Wednesday after two days spent on hunger strike, having vowed to die if necessary to prevent the ‘witch-hunt’ directed at Rubiales.

But now, a member of his family has turned on him with a series of eye-opening allegations, which include being ‘obsessed’ with money and women.

In an interview with El Confidencial, Juan Rubiales, who served as his nephew’s chief of staff at the RFEF between 2018 and 2020, said: “Dignity is to defend Jenni, understand her, and reproach the embarrassing behavior of this president.

“He is a proud, arrogant person and his great enemy is himself. He is suffering because of his pride and because of his arrogance. And now he does not have the slightest dignity to get out of this trance in an honorable way. He is a cowardly man. When he puts on the boss’ hat, well, of course, he feels that he is the best.

“He is a man obsessed with power, obsessed with luxury, obsessed with money, even with women. I believe that this boy needs a program of social re-education and re-education in his relationship with women.”

Express Sport have contacted the RFEF for comment on the allegations.

After crisis meetings were held earlier this week, RFEF’s regional presidents have publicly called on Rubiales to step down from his post. Pedro Rocha is currently filling in for the suspended Spaniard on an interim basis.

Every member of the victorious Spanish women’s national team has assured that they will not play another international match while Rubiales is still in place.

The president’s mother, speaking from the inside of the church where she had gone on hunger strike on Tuesday said: “I just want the truth to be told”, as she referred to the player in question.

“She knows my son is very honest. If she tells the truth everything will be fixed.”

Rubiales has been given a 90-day ban by FIFA and Spain are looking to kick him out of his role, but he has defiantly refused to quit.

Meanwhile Hermoso, the player at the centre of the storm, said in a statement: ‘I felt vulnerable and a victim of an impulse-driven, sexist, out of place act without any consent on my part.

“I want to make it clear that at no time did the conversation to which Mr. Luis Rubiales refers to in his address take place, and, above all, was his kiss ever consensual. I want to reiterate as I did before that I did not like this incident.”