LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) Luis Rubiales, the former Spanish FA chief embroiled in controversy over the Women’s World Cup kissing scandal, is reportedly selling his £1.2 million home in Madrid due to mounting legal fees.
Rubiales resigned from his position as president of the Spanish FA during an interview with Piers Morgan, following weeks of criticism over his behaviour after the Women’s World Cup final.
In the aftermath of Spain’s victory over England in Sydney last month, Rubiales kissed midfielder Jenni Hermoso on the mouth.
However, the 33-year-old footballer later asserted that the kiss was not consensual, leading to a lawsuit against Rubiales for sexual assault and coercion.
Under a sexual consent law enacted last year, Rubiales could potentially face a fine or a prison sentence ranging from one to four years if found guilty of sexual assault.
While Rubiales acknowledged in his interview with Morgan that the kiss was a “mistake,” he insisted that there was “no harm, no sexual content, no aggression.”
It now appears that Rubiales may be selling his home to finance his legal defence.
The Sun has reported that his £1.2 million Madrid residence, which boasts two bedrooms, a swimming pool, and underfloor heating, has been listed on the market. The property is conveniently located near Madrid’s city centre.
Reports from the Spanish outlet La Vanguardia indicate that Rubiales purchased the duplex a year ago and spent £1.1 million renovating it.
Additionally, he is currently making substantial monthly payments to his ex-wife, totalling €800 (£689) per month for each of their three daughters, as part of a prior legal agreement stemming from their separation in 2013.