Spanish soccer chief resigns over World Cup winner kiss

The president of Spain's soccer federation has resigned after weeks of criticism for kissing one of the players on the country's soccer team that won the Women's World Cup.

Luis Rubiales announced his resignation on Sunday in a statement.

He wrote that it was clear he couldn't return to his position following his suspension by FIFA, as well as other open proceedings against him.
He added that holding on would not contribute anything positive to the federation or Spanish soccer.

Rubiales drew criticism at home and abroad for kissing Jenni Hermoso on the lips during a ceremony on August 20.

FIFA, the international soccer governing body, suspended him for three months. But he refused to step down, claiming that the kiss was consensual.

However, Spanish prosecutors have opened an investigation against him on suspicion of sexual assault.

Hermoso filed a criminal complaint against him on Wednesday.

Many players and staff members of the Spanish national team have refused to play for the squad or resigned from their positions in protest against Rubiales.