Mother of beleaguered Spanish soccer federation chief starts hunger strike in church to defend him

The Spanish soccer federation president is under fire for kissing a player during the recent Women’s World Cup awards ceremony.

MADRID, Spain — The mother of the Spanish soccer federation president under fire for on the lips started a hunger strike Monday in defense of her son as calls grew for his resignation and prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation.

The leaders of the regional soccer bodies that make up the Spanish federation on Monday. FIFA, the world soccer body, had already him for 90 days after he gave a defiant speech refusing to step down.

The scandal surrounding the kiss — and Rubiales’ refusal

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