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The football boss who kissed an arrested player

The disgraced former Spanish soccer manager who forcibly kissed Women’s World Cup star Jenni Hermoso on the Sydney field last year has been arrested by Spanish police.

On Wednesday (local time), former football president Luis Rubiales was briefly arrested in connection with an alleged corruption scandal within the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), while he was president.

The 46-year-old was arrested at Madrid’s Barajas airport shortly after arriving from the Dominican Republic, but released shortly after, a Guardia Civil police spokesman said.

Sources close to the investigation said he got off the plane under police escort before being questioned inside the airport.

His arrest comes two weeks after investigators searched 11 locations, including the RFEF headquarters in Madrid and Rubiales’ home in the southern city of Granada, as part of an investigation into allegations of corruption and corruption. other crimes.

The March 20 searches were part of “an investigation linked to alleged crimes linked to business corruption, administrative fraud and money laundering,” judicial sources said.

Spanish media reported that investigators were examining RFEF contracts signed since 2018, including the one signed by Rubiales to bring the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.

The Super Cup contracts are worth 40 million euros a year ($66.2 million) and the deal is being negotiated by Kosmos, a company owned by former Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique.

Search in a house in the Dominican Republic

According to Cadena Ser radio, Guardia Civil police traveled to the Dominican Republic and searched the premises where Rubiales resides on Monday, seizing a laptop and a cell phone on the orders of the investigating judge.

Contacted by the AFP news agency, the Guardia Civil refused to comment on this information.

Following the March 20 searches, the RFEF fired its legal director Pedro Gonzalez Segura, human resources manager José Javier Jimenez and terminated its contract with GC Legal, the law firm of Tomas Gonzalez Cueto.

All three were arrested by the police during the searches.

Rubiales was forced to resign as RFEF boss in September after he forcibly kissed Hermoso after Spain’s final triumph in Sydney in August.

The move sparked global outrage, with Rubiales set to stand trial for the non-consensual kiss which under Spanish law can be classified as sexual assault.

Prosecutors opened an investigation into the Super Cup deal in 2022 after leaked audio recordings between Rubiales and Pique in which they spoke of multimillion-dollar commissions.

Rubiales has always defended the legality of the deal to bring the Super Cup to the oil-rich Gulf state, and in April 2022, Piqué insisted it was all “legal”, saying he was “proud” of the deal. ‘agreement.

The Spanish Super Cup was first held in Saudi Arabia in 2020. It returned to Spain a year later due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the following three competitions took place in Saudi Arabia.

Pique had played twice for Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia before retiring from football in November 2022.

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