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Former Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales has been detained by police to face corruption questions amid the World Cup kiss-gate controversy

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Former Spanish Football Association (FA) chief Luis Rubiales has been apprehended by Spanish authorities to confront allegations of corruption, all while facing potential imprisonment related to the ‘World Cup kiss-gate’ scandal.

Detectives intercepted Rubiales as he disembarked an Air Europa flight from the Dominican Republic, which touched down at Madrid’s Barajas Airport just after 10:30 a.m. local time on April 3.

Upon his arrival, Rubiales was swiftly taken into custody by the Civil Guard and escorted into a police van, destined for their headquarters in Tres Cantos.

He is expected to undergo a formal interrogation at a police station, during which he will be informed of his rights and served with a court summons as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption during his tenure as head of the Spanish FA. This inquiry focuses on various business dealings, including a deal to host the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.

A judicial hearing, slated to take place in the coming days, will see Rubiales questioned behind closed doors before being released on bail pending further investigation.

The ongoing probe, spearheaded by a judge based in Majadahonda on the outskirts of Madrid, is separate from the ‘Kissgate’ investigation.

In a previous development, public prosecutors involved in the ‘Kissgate’ case sought a two-and-a-half-year prison term for Rubiales. This penalty is in relation to an alleged ‘unwanted’ kiss he bestowed upon footballer Jenni Hermoso following Spain’s World Cup women’s team’s finals victory over England in August of the prior year. Prosecutors specified that if found guilty, Rubiales could face one year for sexual assault and an additional one and a half years for coercion, stemming from purported attempts to coerce Hermoso into speaking in his defense after the incident.

Around the same time, Spanish public prosecutors requested Rubiales’ arrest concerning suspected financial irregularities during his tenure with the Spanish FA. In a coordinated operation, authorities searched Rubiales’ residence in the southern Spanish city of Granada on March 20, although he was already abroad in the Caribbean at that time.

Rubiales had previously declared his intention to return to Spain, originally planning to do so on April 6. However, it was revealed overnight that he had altered his travel arrangements.

Reports suggest that Rubiales managed to evade an imminent arrest, along with the potentially damning image of being photographed in handcuffs, by confirming his voluntary return to Spain. This confirmation came before and after Spanish police, assisted by local law enforcement, executed an operation in the Dominican Republic on Monday.

Rubiales rescheduled his return to Madrid following the intervention of Spanish police investigators in the Caribbean. They reportedly confiscated his phone and laptop during a search of the property he occupied on the Caribbean island.

Rubiales has vehemently denied any wrongdoing in both the ongoing corruption investigation and the ‘Kissgate’ scandal. In an upcoming television interview with Spanish journalist Ana Pastor, scheduled to air tonight on La Sexta, he will refute accusations of embezzlement from the Spanish FA, asserting, “My wealth is the fruit of my labor and savings.”

Additionally, Rubiales is anticipated to challenge the charges brought against him by the judge overseeing the ‘Kissgate’ case, labeling the depiction of his words as manipulative, stating, “I believe his interpretation of my statements is manipulative.”

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