“It should never have happened”, regrets the president of Fifa, Gianni Infantino

“Disciplinary proceedings will take their course,” he said on his Instagram account on Thursday evening.

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino on August 19, 2023 in Australia, during the Women's World Cup.  (JOSE BRETON / AFP)

“Unfortunately, the well-deserved celebration of these magnificent champions was spoiled by what happened after the final whistle.” Gianni Infantino discussed the Luis Rubiales affair on Thursday August 31 on his Instagram account. The president of the Spanish Football Federation forcibly kissed player Jenni Hermoso after Spain won the World Cup final against England (1-0).

“It should never have happened. But it did, and the disciplinary bodies of Fifa immediately assumed their responsibilities and took the necessary measures. The disciplinary proceedings will follow their legitimate course”assured the president of Fifa, while a little earlier in the evening, Aitana Bonmati had denounced “an abuse of power and a lack of respect” receiving the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award.

“Continue to support women and women’s football”

“We need to focus on how we can continue to support women and women’s football in the future. On and off the pitch. By upholding real values ​​and respecting the players as individuals, and their fantastic performance”said Gianni Infantino, while congratulating Spain for their title during “the biggest and best Women’s World Cup of all time”.

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