‘He’s a pathological liar’ — LaLiga president Tebas calls for further investigation of Luis Rubiales

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‘He’s a pathological liar’ — LaLiga president Tebas calls for further investigation of Luis Rubiales

Ayoola Kelechi 08:16 - 05.04.2024

Disgraced ex-Spanish FA Chairman Luis Rubiales is currently under investigation for multiple crimes, including the sexual assault of a female player as well as corruption in the RFEF

The football world has been rocked by allegations of corruption and misconduct, with former Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales at the centre of controversy. Amidst ongoing investigations, LaLiga president Javier Tebas has made damning accusations against Rubiales, calling for a deeper probe into his actions.

Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish Football Federation, returned to Spain from the Dominican Republic this week amidst ongoing investigations into alleged corruption at the Federation during his tenure. Rubiales, who was immediately taken into custody upon his arrival, faces scrutiny over various aspects of his leadership, including the controversial decision to move the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia in 2020.

Tebas Calls for Investigation

Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, has welcomed the investigations into Rubiales' actions and seized the opportunity to criticize him once again. Tebas, who has had numerous clashes with Rubiales over the years, emphasized the importance of holding accountable those responsible for corruption within the Federation. In a statement to SPORT, Tebas expressed his long-standing concerns about the Federation's integrity and applauded the measures being taken to address the issues.

Tebas told SPORT, “I have been denouncing what is happening in the Federation for years and with some directors, not all. It should have happened earlier and some authorities would have taken the measures they had to take with the complaints that were made."

“But it is good because it allows us to face the future of the mother institution of football, which is the Federation, with more optimism, because a large part of those who have corrupted that institution are no longer there."

“I’ve seen a summary [of Rubiales’ testimony] and I think it’s very well defined by his uncle Juan. He’s a pathological liar. Those of us who know him have known this for a long time.”

Allegations of Deception

Tebas did not mince words when discussing Rubiales, describing him as a "pathological liar." Referring to Rubiales' recent testimony, Tebas highlighted what he perceives as a pattern of deception and dishonesty.

According to Tebas, Rubiales' actions have undermined the integrity of the Federation, and it is crucial to thoroughly investigate and address any instances of corruption or misconduct. Tebas' remarks underscore the severity of the situation and the need for transparency and accountability in football governance.

Looking Ahead

As the investigations into Rubiales and the Spanish Football Federation continue, Tebas remains optimistic about the future of the institution. He believes that addressing the issues of corruption and malpractice will pave the way for a more promising future for Spanish football. With key figures being held accountable for their actions, Tebas hopes that the Federation can regain trust and credibility, ultimately benefiting the sport as a whole.

The ongoing saga involving Luis Rubiales and the Spanish Football Federation highlights the challenges facing football governance and the importance of upholding integrity and transparency at all levels of the sport. As investigations unfold and revelations come to light, the football community awaits the outcome, hoping for justice and accountability.

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