Spain legal panel opens case against suspended soccer chief over World Cup kiss

FILE - President of Spain’s soccer federation, Luis Rubiales stands with Spain’s Women’s World Cup soccer team after being received by Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023. The kiss by Luis Rubiales has unleashed a storm of fury over gender equality that almost marred the unprecedented victory but now looks set to go down as a milestone in both Spanish soccer history but also in women’s rights.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, file)

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish government legal panel is opening a case against suspended soccer chief Luis Rubiales for kissing a player on the lips without consent after Spain won the Women’s World Cup.