Police raid Spanish soccer federation in Saudi Arabia super cup deal probe

Police Raid Spanish Soccer Federation In Saudi Arabia Super Cup Deal Probe
A property belonging to former federation president Luis Rubiales (pictured left) was also raided. Photo: PA Images
Share this article

Joseph Wilson, AP

Spanish police have arrested at least six people and raided the offices of the Spanish football federation as well as a property belonging to former president Luis Rubiales as part of a corruption and money laundering investigation linked to a deal to take the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.

Spain’s Guardia Civil said that Rubiales was not among the six arrested.


However, a source said Rubiales was outside the country when his residence in the southern city of Granada was raided and that he is among the five additional people officially put under investigation.

The Guardia Civil said Rubiales was not at home when officers entered his residence.

Luis Rubiales at court
Rubiales appeared in court after kissing the Spanish women’s team captain without her consent (AP)


The office for Spain’s state prosecutors said that a total of 11 premises were raided for documents and that it expected the operation to conclude with seven arrests and the identification of five more people as being under investigation.

Rubiales stepped down in September after causing an international scandal for kissing player Jenni Hermoso on Spain’s woman’s team without her consent during the awards ceremony for the Women’s World Cup in August.

He is now facing an upcoming trial for allegedly sexually assaulting Hermoso. He denied any wrongdoing in the Hermoso case.

During his time in charge of Spanish soccer, Rubiales overhauled the format of the Spanish Super Cup in 2020, creating a four-team mini tournament and moving the competition to Saudi Arabia as part of a deal that was reportedly worth €40 million per tournament for the federation.


Prosecutors opened a probe of that deal in 2022 following leaked audio between Rubiales and then-Barcelona player Gerard Pique regarding millions of dollars in commissions.

Read More

Message submitting... Thank you for waiting.

Want us to email you top stories each lunch time?

Download our Apps
© BreakingNews.ie 2024, developed by Square1 and powered by PublisherPlus.com