The Spanish football federation has announced that it will take legal action over Jenni Hermoso’s remarks about its president Luis Rubiales.
Hermoso said Friday that she did not consent, but the federation questioned her version of events.
“The evidence is conclusive,” he added. “Mr. President did not lie.”
In a statement from the players’ union Futpro, which represents Hermoso, 33, she reportedly said “in no way did I seek to elevate the president” as they kissed on the podium.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said: “The RFEF and Mr. President will each demonstrate the lies propagated either by someone on behalf of the player or, where appropriate, by the player herself.
“The RFEF and the President, given the seriousness of the content of the Futpro union press release, will initiate the corresponding legal actions.”
The federation also said that, if selected, players have an ‘obligation’ to play for the national team, after 81 players said they would not represent Spain until Rubiales be removed from office.
Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias has also said he won’t play for the men’s national team again as long as Rubiales is in charge.
In its statement, the RFEF provided four images of Hermoso’s embrace with Rubiales, along with an analysis of each, which it says demonstrates that she applied force to lift Rubiales’ feet off the ground.
The FA say they have tried to contact Hermoso, Spain’s top scorer with 51 goals in 101 appearances, but ‘unsuccessfully each time’.
How did the situation get to this point?
Rubiales’ behavior in the Women’s World Cup final drew international criticism, with government ministers demanding her resignation.
The 46-year-old watched Spain’s 1-0 win over England from the VIP area of Stadium Australia in Sydney.
As he celebrated at the final whistle, he grabbed his crotch, with Queen Letizia of Spain and her 16-year-old daughter close by.
Then came the kiss with Hermoso, who plays soccer at his club in Mexico for Pachuca, during the presentation ceremony.
She initially said on Instagram that she “didn’t like” Rubiales’ actions, but a later statement released on her behalf defended it.
Although he apologized for grabbing her crotch, he vowed to “fight to the end” and said the kiss was “mutual, euphoric and consensual”.
The Spanish government then began legal proceedings to suspend Rubiales, before statements by Hermoso and Futpro on social media led to the RFEF’s latest response.
“His ego is bigger than his dignity” – reaction
Rubiales’ defiant stance was widely condemned.
Beatriz Alvarezpresident of Liga F, Spain’s top women’s league, said: “His ego is bigger than his dignity and honor.
“I think more people will join us, but given Luis Rubiales’ lack of determination, other people are starting to speak up.”
During Saturday’s match between Orlando Pride and San Diego Wave in the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States, all players wore bracelets with the message “Contigo Jenni”. [With you Jenni].
Among them, the American striker Alex Morganwho said on Friday: “I am disgusted by the public actions of Luis Rubiales. I support Jenni Hermoso and the Spanish players.
“Winning a World Cup should be one of the best moments in the life of these players, but it is overshadowed by the aggressions, misogyny and failures of the Spanish federation.”
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