Reports reaching out from Spain indicate that Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona’s Champions League spots are in jeopardy due to the Luis Rubiales scandal.
The Spanish FA has asked UEFA to consider expelling them because of the government’s involvement in the World Cup ‘kiss-gate’ saga.
This request could lead to all Spanish clubs, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, being excluded from UEFA competitions like the Champions League. The Spanish FA chief, Andreu Camps, criticized the government for interfering in the scandal surrounding Rubiales.
Rubiales’ supporters within the Spanish FA have mobilized to attack the government for calling for his resignation. The situation is causing uncertainty for the Spanish clubs’ participation in European competitions.
UEFA rules state: its members ‘shall manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties.
‘Any body or decision of a body that has not been elected or appointed in accordance with said procedure, even provisionally, will not be recognized by UEFA’.
Onda Cero’s sources claim the reason UEFA have not yet spoken out on the scandal is because their president Aleksander Ceferin is personal friends with Rubiales. It is understood that UEFA have no plans to take action against Spanish teams however at present.
RFEF’s interim president Pedro Rocha must now decide whether to maintain the threat from general secretary Camps, a long-term ally of Rubiales, to UEFA or order it to be withdrawn, and whether to remove Camps from his position.
The RFEF has called an ‘urgent and extraordinary’ meeting for Monday to discuss Rubiales’ position.
Rubiales has so far refused to resign over the incident with Hermoso last Sunday in Sydney, claiming the kiss was ‘consensual’, which Hermoso denies.
There are widespread demands he is sacked, with the entire Spain coaching staff resigning over the issue, and the Spanish government also wants him out.
Rubiales was expected to resign on Friday but instead hit out at what he called ‘false feminists’ in a bizarre and defiant speech.