FIFA boss Infantino breaks his silence on Rubiales kiss


FIFA president Gianni Infantino has spoken out for the first time about Spanish football federation president Luis Rubiales' actions at the women's World Cup final.

Rubiales has came under heavy criticism after he kissed player Jenni Hermoso on the lips at the victory ceremony after Spain beat England 1-0 to win a first women's world title on August 20.

"The well-deserved celebrations for these magnificent champions were spoiled by what happened after the final whistle," Infantino wrote on Instagram.

"This should never have happened," he said.

"But it did happen and FIFA's disciplinary bodies immediately assumed their responsibility and took the necessary actions."

Disciplinary proceedings would "continue their legitimate course," Infantino, who was present at the trophy presentation, said.

"On our side, we should continue to focus on how to further support women and women's football in future, both on and off the pitch.

"Upholding true values and respecting the players as persons as well as for their fantastic performances."

Rubiales has insisted the kiss was consensual and has refused to resign, although RFEF regional leaders are among those who want him to step down, while Hermoso has said she did not consent to the kiss.

Rubiales has been provisionally suspended by FIFA which has launched an ethics probe.

The Spanish administrative court for sport is also investigating the incident.