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FIFA bans Luis Rubiales for three years over World Cup kiss

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Luis Rubiales, former president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), was on Monday banned for three years by the disciplinary committee of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).

Rubiales is suspended from all football-related activities at national and international levels.

He had been provisionally suspended for 90 days before the ban for kissing Jenni Hermoso during trophy presentation following Spain’s triumph at the Women’s World Cup final in August.

Following the incident, FIFA’s disciplinary committee opened a case against the 46-year-old who initially refused to resign despite global backlash.

Rubiales would eventually resign in September amidst internal pressure.

The Las Palmas-born football official has now seen his initial suspension turned into a three-year ban after the committee found him guilty of breaching article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, according to a statement released by the global football body.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has banned Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF), from all football-related activities at national and international levels for three years, having found that he acted in breach of article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code,” the statement reads.

“This case relates to the events that occurred during the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ on 20 August 2023, for which Mr Rubiales had been provisionally suspended for an initial period of 90 days.”

The statement added that the decision is subject to appeal, if Rubiales takes up the option.

“Mr Rubiales has been notified of the terms of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s decision today,” it added.

“In accordance with the relevant provisions of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, he has ten days in which to request a motivated decision, which, if requested, would subsequently be published on legal.fifa.com.

“The decision remains subject to a possible appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee.

“FIFA reiterates its absolute commitment to respecting and protecting the integrity of all people and ensuring that the basic rules of decent conduct are upheld.”

Rubiales, vice-president of UEFA for four years before he was ousted in September, reigned as the 25th Spanish football federation boss for five years.

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Finidi George resigns as Super Eagles head coach

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Finidi George has stepped down from his role as the head coach of the Super Eagles.

The 52-year-old gaffer confirmed his resignation via WhatsApp chat with TheCable on Saturday.

Finidi’s exit from the role comes a few days after the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) announced a plan to appoint a foreign technical adviser for the team.

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Millwall goalkeeper, Matija Sarkic dies on duty at 26

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Millwall’s 26-year-old goalkeeper, Matija Sarkic, has tragically passed away after falling ill while on international duty with Montenegro.

Sarkic fell ill at an apartment in Budva, Montenegro, on Saturday morning.

Despite immediate medical attention, he passed away around 6:30 am local time. Sarkic had recently played a full match for Montenegro against Belgium just over a week ago.

Millwall, on its website on Saturday morning, issued a statement expressing their devastation.

It read, “Sarkic, The Lions’ number one goalkeeper, made 33 appearances for the club since joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2023.

“A Montenegro international, Matija proudly represented his country on numerous occasions.

“Everyone at the club sends their love and condolences to Matija’s family and friends at this immensely sad time.

“The club will make no further comment at this time and asks that the privacy of Matija’s family is respected.”

Tributes are pouring in for Sarkic, who had a notable career with several English clubs.

The footballing community mourns the loss of a talented and respected player.

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Ronaldo launches 8th perfume collection

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Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese professional footballer, has launched his new perfumed fragrance collection named ‘Discover’.

The 39-year-old took to his social media pages on Wednesday to announce the release of the new addition to his perfume line.

“Happy to announce my new fragrance. Feel the power of DISCOVER and get ready for your summer!” he wrote.

This is not Ronaldo’s first try in the fragrance franchise as he now has eight perfume collections under his brand name.

In 2015, he launched his first fragrance named ‘Cristiano Ronaldo Legacy’. He would follow up with another one in 2016 titled ‘Cristiano Ronaldo Legacy: Private Edition’.

He has also released the ‘CR7’ (2017), ‘CR7 Play It Cool’ (2019), ‘CR7 Game On’ (2020), ‘CR7 Origins’ (2022) and ‘CR7 Fearless’ (2023).

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