Spanish Football Scandal: Chief Accused of Harassment

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales (R) kisses Jennifer Hermoso of Spain (L) during the medal ceremony of FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Final match between Spain and England at Stadium Australia on August 20, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Noemi Llamas/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
Luis Rubiales, Jennifer Hermoso
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 20: President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales (R) kisses Jennifer Hermoso of Spain (L) during the medal ceremony of FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Final match between Spain and England at Stadium Australia on August 20, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Noemi Llamas/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Spanish football chief Luis Rubiales is facing a criminal complaint from national team player Jennifer Hermoso for having kissed her without her consent after the women’s World Cup final in August.

Hermoso said in a statement that she was “shocked and violated” by the kiss, which she said happened as she was celebrating Spain’s victory over England. She said that she had not given Rubiales permission to kiss her and that she felt “humiliated and disrespected.”

Rubiales has denied the allegations, saying that the kiss was “a friendly gesture” and that he did not mean to offend Hermoso. He has also said that he is willing to cooperate with the investigation.

The complaint has been filed with the Spanish prosecutor’s office, which will decide whether to open a formal investigation.

The incident has sparked outrage in Spain, with many people calling for Rubiales to resign. The Spanish Football Federation has said that it is “deeply sorry” for the incident and that it is taking the matter “very seriously.”

Rubiales is a controversial figure in Spanish football. He has been accused of corruption and mismanagement in the past. He is also facing a separate investigation into his handling of the sale of television rights for Spanish football matches.

The kiss incident is the latest in a series of scandals to hit Spanish football. In recent years, there have been allegations of match-fixing, doping, and financial irregularities.

The Spanish Football Federation is under pressure to clean up its act. The kiss incident is a reminder that there is still a long way to go.

Here are some additional details about the incident:

  • The kiss happened as Hermoso was celebrating Spain’s victory over England in the women’s World Cup final.
  • Hermoso said that she did not give Rubiales permission to kiss her and that she felt “humiliated and disrespected.”
  • Rubiales has denied the allegations, saying that the kiss was “a friendly gesture” and that he did not mean to offend Hermoso.
  • The complaint has been filed with the Spanish prosecutor’s office, which will decide whether to open a formal investigation.
  • The incident has sparked outrage in Spain, with many people calling for Rubiales to resign.
  • The Spanish Football Federation has said that it is “deeply sorry” for the incident and that it is taking the matter “very seriously.”
  • Rubiales is a controversial figure in Spanish football. He has been accused of corruption and mismanagement in the past.
  • He is also facing a separate investigation into his handling of the sale of television rights for Spanish football matches.
  • The kiss incident is the latest in a series of scandals to hit Spanish football.
  • The Spanish Football Federation is under pressure to clean up its act.

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