The events, the criticisms, the headlines happen at a pace rarely seen in Spanish sport. The ‘Rubiales case’ has been the latest scandal for the already suspended president of the RFEF, but by no means the only one. Behind him, along with several achievements, Luis Rubiales collects controversies of all kinds. One of them comes from the party in a chalet in Salobreña (Granada), initially denounced by his uncle and former chief of staff, Juan Rubiales, who has now ‘pulled the blanket’.
In separate interviews for The world and The confidential, Juan Rubiales claims that the presence of very young girls at that party, which the president tried to justify as a “work meeting with a moment of rest,” made his nephew look ugly. Among those moments, his uncle remembers, there were “18-year-old girls who could be his daughters,” as he told her personally in that house.
The family member acknowledges that the images of the kiss “did not surprise me but they did shock me” because “Luis has always been a man with a clear macho tinge, very arrogant, with attitudes typical of Torrente.”
He told me: ‘Man, we have to find a formula so that my father gets money every month from the RFEF.’ I replied that he was not going to participate in that and I said ‘what are you about?’. He answered me: ‘Get out of here, I don’t even want to see you. I know what you’re up to”,
About breaking relations with his nephew and ‘boss’
He also remembers how the ties, professional and human, broke down between uncle and nephew. “The first disagreement occurred when he told me to never call him ‘Luis’ again, but rather ‘president’, and he made it clear to me that he was not wrong because he was the person most responsible. That, in any case, I was wrong because I was a employee. From that moment we began to call him ‘Kennedy'”, he begins by commenting.
But the big problem came some time later. “During the last conversation I had with him, he told me: ‘uncle, we have to find the formula so that my father receives money every month from the RFEF’. I replied that I was not going to participate in that and I told him ‘what? What are you about?’ He replied: ‘Get out of here, I don’t even want to see you. I already know what you’re about,’ he recalls. The world.
Before both of them ‘broke up’ came the famous ‘Salobreña party’ that the Prosecutor’s Office is investigating, precisely because of his confession. An appointment set up as a ‘work meeting’, he points out, but which surprised him upon his arrival at the site. “There was no work meeting there or anything. One of those days, they told me: ‘This afternoon there is a party and some girls are going to come’. And indeed, Nene (former Granada player and friend of Luis Rubiales) brought eight or ten girls. When they arrived and I saw that, I told him ‘you’ve gone crazy, they are 18 years old, they could be your daughters!’, and I locked myself in a room”.
“They were ‘image girls’, girls who are paid money to participate in a party and set the scene. From there, what happens, happens. They arrived around five in the afternoon and left at ten in the afternoon. the night,” he adds, asked whether or not they were prostitutes.
There were eight or ten girls. When they arrived and I saw that, I told him ‘you’ve gone crazy, they’re 18 years old, they could be your daughters!’, and I locked myself in a room.
About the party at the Salobreña chalet
And from Salobreña to the trip to New York, another current legal issue due to the alleged use of federation funds for a private event, ruling. Regarding this fact, he recalls that “Luis fell in love with a girl and planned a trip to New York to see her. He told me that we were going to have some very important meetings there and that it was important that I go. It was a five-day trip of love. He gave us instructions on what we had to say in case the press asked.”
An accumulation of scandals until an abrupt end, even at the expense of what the TAD and the CSD, Jenni Hermoso and FIFA decide, on a multiplicity of fronts against him. as he confesses to The confidentialwho was his right-hand man, “I never imagined that it would end in such a grotesque way, and this kind of Berlanguian farce. Now, who knew that sooner or later it was going to fall? Without a doubt.”