Nelson Abadía was in charge of commanding the Colombia team from the technical bench in the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup – credit REUTERS/Carl Recine
Nelson Abadía, coach of the Colombia Women’s team that managed to advance for the first time in history to the quarterfinals of a World Cup, referred to the controversy unleashed by the kiss of the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, to the player Jennifer Hermoso during the award ceremony for obtaining the title in Australia & New Zealand 2023.
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In an interview with Blu Radio, the Colombian coach established his position against the leader’s attitude, which has been strongly questioned in different areas that permeate sports and that have him on the verge of resigning. Abadía assured that Rubiales’ behavior was outdated “it is not to give those demonstrations of effusiveness, he was completely outdated.”
In a video published by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the president argues that his performance, although it was wrong, was due to the effusiveness experienced by winning a World Cup. Nelson Abadía did not excuse Rubiales and assured that it is a behavior that cannot be allowed: “it should not happen, no matter how enthusiastic you are.”
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Another of the statements that have emerged from Colombia and had an impact was that of Nicole Regnier, a former soccer player with a past at Atlético de Madrid and América de Cali, who through her Instagram account established her clear position. The now analyst assured that despite the advances, there are still many behaviors to change:
“Seriously, do you have to put up with that???!!! World champion and that the president of the Spanish federation kiss you on the mouth??!! 🤮🤮🤮🥵🥵🥵 there is still a lot to change. A lot to put up with, but in the end the new generations will have a much more paved road than what we had!!! I value the path of each one! We continue in the fight ❤️⚽️🏼”
The former soccer player was dispatched against the president of the RFEF. Taken from @nicoleregnier11/Instagram
FIFA, through its Disciplinary Committee, has decided to open a disciplinary procedure against the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, as announced on Thursday, August 24 in a statement, after the events that occurred during the final of the Women’s World Cup that he organized in Australia and New Zealand.
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The behavior of Luis Rubiales, with the kiss to Jennifer Hermoso in the act of handing out the medals to the Spanish players as world champions, and the images from the box at the celebration of the president of the RFEF, “could constitute violations of the articles 13.1 and 13.2 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code”.
Under the heading ‘Offensive behavior and violation of the principles of fair play’ in article 13 of FIFA, the first point to which it refers states that “associations and clubs, as well as their players, officials and any other member and/or or person performing a function on their behalf, must comply with the Laws of the Game as well as the FIFA Statutes and FIFA regulations, directives, directives, circulars and decisions, and comply with the principles of fair play, loyalty and integrity”.
In the second point of the article, FIFA details patterns of behavior that could be subject to disciplinary action. Among them are “violating the basic norms of decent conduct”; “insulting a natural or legal person in any way, especially through the use of offensive gestures, signs or language”; and “behave in a way that brings the sport into disrepute or FIFA into disrepute.”
In the statement, FIFA informs of “the opening of a disciplinary procedure” against Rubiales, reiterates its “absolute commitment to respect the integrity of all people” and “condemns with the greatest vigor any contrary behavior”