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Former football Chief Luis Rubiales summoned in corruption probe by Spanish court

Posted : 09 April 2024

A Spanish judge has summoned former football chief Luis Rubiales to testify on April 29 regarding an alleged corruption scandal during his tenure as president of the national federation (RFEF), according to court documents. Rubiales, who returned to Spain from the Dominican Republic on April 3, faced questioning as part of an investigation into federation contracts signed since 2018, including one that took the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.


The Madrid court has scheduled Rubiales's testimony as part of an inquiry into contracts and activities surrounding the RFEF, which included searches of multiple locations, including the RFEF's headquarters in Madrid and Rubiales's residence in Granada, on March 20. The investigation focuses on suspected corruption in business, fraudulent administration, and money laundering, as per judicial sources.


The Super Cup contracts, valued at €40 million annually, were facilitated by Kosmos, a company owned by former Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique. Amidst the investigations, several RFEF officials were arrested, including the legal director Pedro Gonzalez Segura and head of human resources Jose Javier Jimenez, leading to their subsequent dismissal by the federation.


Rubiales, who resigned as RFEF president in September, faces further legal troubles related to a non-consensual kiss with Women's World Cup star Jenni Hermoso and scrutiny over the Super Cup deal. Despite maintaining the legality of the arrangement, Rubiales faces allegations of impropriety, although he has consistently denied any wrongdoing, emphasizing that the decision to take the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia was based on the best offer available.


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