Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Soccer Federation, sparked a pointy wave of criticism in opposition to him in Spain after kissing participant Jennifer Hermoso on the mouth after the 2023 FIFA Ladies’s World Cup last.
The Spanish nationwide staff defeated England 1-0 within the last on Sunday in Sydney to crown the Ladies’s World Cup title for the primary time, however the scenes of celebration earlier than the coronation ceremony occupied many in Spain, together with authorities ministers.
“This can be a type of sexual abuse that we girls undergo from each single day… We’re not presupposed to normalize it,” Equality Minister Irene Montero mentioned on the social networking web site X.
The Spanish Minister of Social Rights, Ion Pilara, additionally mentioned through the “X” web site: We’re all pondering: If this act was executed in entrance of the entire of Spain, what is going on in secret? Sexual violence in opposition to ladies should finish.
Rubiales, 45, had hugged all of the Spanish nationwide staff gamers, however he kissed Hermoso on the mouth after hugging her and kissing her cheek.
Hermoso instantly mentioned: I did not prefer it. However later, the Spanish Federation despatched a press release from Hermoso to some Spanish media, which confirmed a change within the tone and response of the participant.
Hermoso mentioned within the assertion: It was utterly computerized in mild of the immense pleasure of profitable the World Cup, an exquisite relationship that binds me with the president of the federation. His habits in the direction of all of us was form, and what he did was a pure act of affection and gratitude.
Rubiales defended himself concerning the kiss, saying in statements to Radio “Marca”: The kiss is for Jennifer? There are jerks all over the place. When two folks interact in a fleeting act of mutual affection, no heed is meant to be given to the nonsense being mentioned.