Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish football federation, is under fire for forcibly kissing player Jennifer Hermoso after Spain’s victory over England.
Rubiales claims it was a “mutual and affectionate gesture,” but disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against him. FIFA imposed a 90-day suspension and ordered him not to contact Hermoso.
Rubiales argued that Hermoso initiated the kiss, lifting him up during the presentation. However, new footage contradicts this, showing Rubiales jumping into the player’s arms. Amidst the controversy, the Spanish coach has issued a statement expressing regret for his actions but denying any aggression, demanding a “fair trial in the name of feminism.”
Hermoso has maintained that the kiss was non-consensual, describing it as “sexist” and “out of place.” This scandal has ignited a heated debate, with Rubiales vowing to defend himself, insisting it’s not about gender but about revealing the truth. As the scandal unfolds, Spanish football remains in turmoil.
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