Real Madrid, Barcelona UCL Participation in Doubt Due to Luis Rubiales Kiss Row

Real Madrid, Barcelona UCL Participation in Doubt Due to Luis Rubiales Kiss Row

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at August 29, 2023 at 9:43 AM
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  • The Luis Rubiales saga has taken another twist
  • The Secretary General of the country's football federation has reportedly asked UEFA to take action to protect Rubiales
  • Government interference in the matters of the federation could be grounds for suspension of their UEFA membership
  • Real Madrid, Barcelona, and other Spanish clubs could be kicked out of UEFA competitions as a result

Spanish clubs' participation in European competition this season could be in jeopardy because of the high-profile kissing saga involving Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

RFEF Secretary-General has reportedly asked UEFA to suspend Spanish teams from European competition in a bid to protect Rubiales from alleged government interference in the matters of the federation.

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FIFA has suspended Luis Rubiales. Photos by Eric Alonso, Francke Fife, and Juan Manuel Serrano Arce.
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Rubiales has received almost universal condemnation after he kissed forward Jenni Hermoso on the lips following Spain's Women's World Cup final win over England on 20th August.

The 46-year-old refused to step down from his role following a meeting on Friday, claiming he was a victim of a witch-hunt. On Saturday, FIFA suspended Rubiales for 90 days, but UEFA is yet to act on the row.

Hermoso released a statement saying she did not consent to be kissed by Rubiales and felt "vulnerable".

Could Madrid, Barcelona miss UCL?

In Spain, Onda Cero reported that RFEF Secretary General Andreu Camps has reportedly asked UEFA to protect Rubiales from government interference.

UEFA statutes are against government intervention in the affairs of the football federation. According to 90min, UEFA could suspend their membership because of government interference.

If that happens, Spanish clubs in the UEFA competition will be expelled. The men's national team's participation in the Euro 2024 qualifiers will also be revoked.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, and Atletico Madrid would miss the Champions League; Villarreal and Real Betis would not take part in the Europa League; and Osasuna would be expelled from the Europa Conference League.

Spanish women's teams would also not take part in European competitions as a result.

Rubiales' mother on hunger strike

Sports Brief earlier reported on Rubiales' mother, Angeles Bejar, going on a hunger strike in protest of the woes surrounding her son.

Bejar has reportedly locked herself at a church in Motril, Andalusia in Spain and intends to stay there “indefinitely, day and night”.

Rubiales’ mom now claims that there is an "inhumane and bloody hunt that they are doing with my son is something he does not deserve".

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.