Rubiales was scared for mother’s life on hunger strike – but doesn’t fear prison

Disgraced former Spanish Football Fedaration president Luis Rubiales has revealed he was scared for his mother’s life after she went on a hunger strike.

Rubiales announced his resignation from his position on Piers Morgan Uncensored. It came after Spanish footballer Jenni Hermoso filed a complaint with the high court after he kissed her on the lips during their Women's World Cup celebrations.

The 46-year-old’s mother, 72-year-old retiree Angeles Bejar, had launched a hunger strike in August by locking herself inside a church near Malaga in an attempt to clear Rubiales’ name, who at the time was suspended by FIFA.

Bejar told a Spanish TV station in a dramatic WhatsApp exchange that she was prepared to die in order to clear her son's name, insisting: "I will stay here as long as my body holds out. I don’t mind dying for justice because my son is a decent person and it’s not fair what they’re doing."

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But the former hairdresser’s protest was cut short as she was rushed to hospital, with the parish priest of the church explaining: “She had not been feeling well because of the heat and everything else.

"Her feet had become swollen and she was very tired. She had also become very nervous."

Rubiales was asked about his mother’s hunger strike by Piers Morgan, to which he answered: “I was very scared for her. At a certain point her ankle’s completely swelled up, she suffers from hypertension.”

He went on to say how the backlash from his now-infamous kiss had a negative impact on his whole family, including his daughters.

“I’m very lucky. I’ve got three beautiful, mature, yes, but sensitive daughters,” he said. “I think they are suffering more for me, for my parents, than for themselves. They have friends. Sometimes they call me to give me strength.”

Rubiales could potentially yet face a fine or a prison sentence of up to four years after Spanish state prosecutors filed a complaint against him for sexual assault and coercion over the kiss. The case was presented against the former Levante defender on Friday (September 8), with Rubiales asked to give preliminary testimony in court.

But Rubiales remained confident when asked about the criminal charges, saying: “I am a lawyer, I am a Spanish citizen, I have been through many processes, criminal as well.

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“Nothing has ever stuck. I have full faith that the truth will come out and everything will be fine.”

After Morgan pressed: “But you do not believe in your heart that you’re a criminal,” he replied: “Take a look at my face, I am a good guy. Look at my face, look at me in the eyes.”

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