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World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso files complaint over 'unsolicited kiss' by Spanish FA boss Luis Rubiales

Rhiannon Ingle

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World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso files complaint over 'unsolicited kiss' by Spanish FA boss Luis Rubiales

World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso files complaint over 'unsolicited kiss' by Spanish FA boss Luis Rubiales.

The whirlwind of events all began when Rubiales encountered Hermoso after Spain beat England 1-0 to secure their first-ever win in the women's World Cup on 20 August.

After Hermoso received her medal from FIFA president Gianni Infantino, she was seen chatting to Rubiales before he put his arms around her and kissed her on her lips.

The Spanish Football Federation president has since been provisionally suspended by FIFA following his conduct on the day of the final.


Speaking of the incident, Hermoso said: "I want to make clear that not in any moment did the conversation occur that Mr Luis Rubiales references, and much less that his kiss was consensual.

"In the same way I want to reiterate how I did in that moment that what happened was not enjoyable.

"The situation left me in shock because of the context of the celebration, and with the time passed, and those initial feelings being able to sink, I feel the need to denounce this as I feel that no one, in no work space, sporting or social, should be a victim to this type of unconsensual behaviour.

"I felt vulnerable and a victim of aggression, an impulsive act, sexist, out of place and without any type of consent from my part. In short, I wasn’t respected."


Jorge Ivan Palacio, the chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee, later ordered Rubiales and the RFEF to refrain from contacting or trying to contact Hermoso, either directly or through intermediaries.

FIFA added: "The decision adopted by the chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee has been communicated to Mr Luis Rubiales, the RFEF and UEFA for due compliance.

"FIFA reiterates its absolute commitment to respect the integrity of all persons and therefore condemns with the utmost vigor any behaviour to the contrary."

More to follow.

Featured Image Credit: Alex Pantling - FIFA/Noemi Llamas/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

Topics: News, World News, Sport, Football, World Cup

Rhiannon Ingle
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