Luis Rubiales, Spanish Soccer Federation
'Can't continue': Luis Rubiales. AFP

Luis Rubiales said he will resign as president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation after the scandal he triggered for kissing Spain player Jenni Hermoso on the lips without her consent as her team celebrated winning the Women's World Cup final in August.

"I'm going to (resign)," Rubiales told British journalist Piers Morgan in an interview for the TV show 'Piers Morgan Uncensored.'

Seeking clarification, Morgan asked Rubiales: "You're going to resign?"

To which the embattled 46-year executive responded: "Yes, because I cannot continue in my work," adding that some close friends told him "Luis, now you have to focus on dignity and to continue your life because if not, probably, you are going to damage people you love, the sport you love...'"

Rubiales is currently on a 90-day suspension by FIFA after he forcibly kissed Hermoso at the medal ceremony after Spain beat England at the final match in Sydney Stadium.

Hemoso, who plays for Mexican side Pachuca Tuzas, filed a complaint at Spain's National Court formally accusing Rubiales of sexual assault.

He's also facing an inquiry by the Spanish government as the country's top sports court (Supreme Sports Council, or CDS) took the case to the Administrative Sports Court (TAD).

From this inquiry, Rubiales could face a fine or prison sentence of one to four years if found guilty.

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