Luis Rubiales sends new footage of Jenni Hermoso to FIFA in attempt to clear his name
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Luis Rubiales has reportedly sent new footage of Jenni Hermoso to FIFA in attempt to clear his name.
The Spanish Football Federation president has since been provisionally suspended by FIFA following his conduct on the day of the final.
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."
However, as shown in newly released footage, Hermoso appears to laugh about the incident with her teammates on the team bus.
She was filmed showing a screen-grab of the incident along with former Spanish goalie, Iker Casillas, locking lips with reporter and his then-girlfriend Sara Carbonero.
The footballer told her teammates: "Haven't you seen it?"
She continued: He comes over and hugs me like this.
Members of the team then chanted: "Beso, beso," which translates to 'kiss, kiss'.
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Last week, Jorge Ivan Palacio, the chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee, 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.”