Spanish World Cup winner and Barcelona legend joins voices calling for Rubiales' sack

Lionel Messi with teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi Iniesta | Imago

Spanish World Cup winner and Barcelona legend joins voices calling for Rubiales' sack

Ayoola Kelechi 23:56 - 27.08.2023

More voices have called for suspended Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales to quit his role, with the former Barcelona midfielder being the latest

Spanish football legend Andres Iniesta has become the latest name to call for the resignation of suspended RFEF president Luis Rubiales, who has refused to relinquish his role in the face of pressure.

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The former Barcelona midfielder scored the goal that gave Spain its first World Cup and European Championship titles and has joined the growing list of dignitaries and ex-internationals to condemn Rubiales’ actions, calling out the embattled FA president on social media network X.

Iniesta, who has three daughters, expressed his dismay at the situation that the Women’s national team has been put through, saying on X, “After what has happened this week, I would like to convey my sadness, as a person, as the father of three daughters, as a husband, and as a footballer, in the face of the events that we are experiencing in our football and around the Spanish women's team.”

The 2010 World Cup winner further noted how badly the incident has spoiled Spain’s Women’s World Cup win and called the debacle a shame.

Iniesta calls for Rubiales resignation

He added, “I believe that we cannot tolerate performances like the ones we have seen, which have tarnished a milestone as big as winning a World Cup.

“I cannot imagine the feeling that all the players of the national team must have right now seeing how they are not talking about the great tournament they had and the fantastic football they taught us all. It's a shame that a beautiful story that many players have built over so many years has become dirty.”

Spain legend Andres Iniesta | Imago
Spain legend Andres Iniesta | Imago

Finally, Iniesta condemned RFEF president Luis Rubiales for not doing the right thing by resigning his position in the wake of pressure to quit, saying, “Instead, we have had to put up with a president who has held on to his position, who has not admitted that his behaviour has been unacceptable and that it is damaging the image of our country and our football around the world.”

Many have hoped that Rubiales would do the honourable thing by resigning, but the suspended administrator continues to defy those calling for his resignation despite being suspended by FIFA.

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