The Spanish national player Jennifer Hermoso has filed a complaint against the president of the association Luis Rubiales because of the kiss after the World Cup final, as several media report unanimously.
The Spanish national player Jennifer Hermoso reported the suspended football association president Luis Rubiales because of the kiss after the World Cup final in Sydney, according to the responsible prosecutor. Criminal prosecution will now be initiated “as soon as possible,” the agency said, according to media reports. Hermoso testified before the ad.
After Hermoso’s complaint, the public prosecutor’s office can decide whether to request a court of inquiry to open an investigation against Rubiales. Experts estimate the 46-year-old former professional could face up to five years in prison if found guilty.
Luis Rubiales remains unapologetic
Rubiales hugged the national player during the award ceremony after winning the World Cup final in Sydney and kissed her on the mouth without being asked. After initial outrage, the Spanish Football Association released a statement in which the player officially agreed to the kiss. It later emerged that the association had put the words Hermoso in his mouth. Days later, the player released a statement with a footballers’ union calling for consequences for Rubiales. She unequivocally repeated the same thing on her Instagram account.
The 46-year-old Rubiales denied the blame, spoke of a “consensual kiss” and in turn launched a sweeping attack on his critics. Since then, Rubiales has refused to take any action of his own accord, even though Fifa suspended him as president of the association and a broad social alliance clearly opposed him. Even the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez demonstratively backed Hermoso. Most recently, the Spanish men’s national team declared solidarity.
National coach Jorge Vilda has since been sacked because he is considered a close confidante of Rubiales and initially declared his solidarity with him. In addition, the Spanish sports court is investigating the case against Rubiales.
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