During a press briefing on Tuesday, he emphasized that further steps are necessary for clarifying the incident, suggesting that Rubiales must do more to address the concerns raised by his actions.
Rubiales himself acknowledged his error and expressed remorse in a video statement released on Monday, admitting that he was "completely wrong."
He explained, "It was without bad intention at a time with a lot of excitement. At the moment, we saw it as natural, but outside a commotion has formed. I have to apologize, learn from this, and understand that when you are president you have to be more careful."
The incident has prompted a broader conversation on gender equality and the appropriate behaviour expected from individuals in positions of authority.
Spain's second deputy prime minister, Yolanda Diaz, went so far as to call for Rubiales' resignation, stating, "Their excuses are useless... [The Spain squad] have shown us many things about equality, not only in sports and football. They have shown us that there is still a lot to do in our country, that there is still a lot to do so that men and women can become equal."
Hermoso, the player at the centre of the controversy, initially conveyed her discomfort with Rubiales' actions through an Instagram post, but a subsequent statement released on her behalf defended the president.
Despite her words, the incident has ignited a broader debate on the dynamics of gender equality, respect, and appropriate conduct.
Spain's Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, condemned Rubiales' actions, labelling them as a form of "sexual violence" that women endure daily. Sports Minister Miquel Iceta also expressed his condemnation, stating that it was "unacceptable" for Rubiales to kiss Hermoso in that manner.
As Spain grapples with the repercussions of this incident, it has brought to the forefront discussions about fostering an environment of gender equality and respect within the world of sports and society at large.
The incident serves as a reminder that actions, especially from individuals in influential positions, must align with the values of respect, consent, and equality.">