The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has ruled out the option of a motion of no confidence against Luis Rubiales, the president of the organization who has been provisionally suspended by FIFA. Additionally, the possibility of holding presidential elections before 2024 has also been discarded, in accordance with the established regulations.
Sources within the federation referred to the provisions outlined in the ministerial order that governs electoral processes in Spanish sports federations, specifically Article 19 concerning a motion of no confidence, regardless of their statutes.
According to the same article, the submission of a motion of no confidence must adhere to the following criteria: “It cannot be presented during the first six months of the term, nor when there are between six months and one year left until the date from which the election can be called, a circumstance to be determined by federation regulations.”
Due to the RFEF’s participation in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, for which the men’s national team has already qualified and the women’s team is yet to secure qualification, the federation must schedule its upcoming elections after the conclusion of the Games, scheduled to take place from July 26 to August 11 next year.
The mandate of Luis Rubiales, who was suspended by FIFA for 90 days starting from August 26 due to his behaviour during the Women’s World Cup final in which Spain won the title, will end in September. He was re-elected for a second term on September 21, 2020, by the General Assembly with no opposition, receiving a total of 95 votes in favour and 10 abstentions.