Spanish football federation leaders asks  president Rubiales to resign, for kissing player

that move was widely seen as an attempt to silence some of Rubiales' critics, including government ministers who have asked for his removal

Leading officials within the Spanish Football Federation asked suspended president Luis Rubiales to resign,  after he kissed a player on the lips at the Women's World Cup final.

The heads of the regional bodies that make up the federation (RFEF) made the request in a collective statement.

After the latest developments and the unacceptable behavior that has caused great damage to  the image of Spanish soccer, the presidents request that Luis Rubiales resign immediately as president of the RFEF,” the statement said.