Spanish football federation threatens legal action against star player in kiss controversy – POLITICO

Spanish football federation threatens legal action against star player in kiss controversy – POLITICO

The uproar over a post-victory embrace is escalating, with Spain’s soccer federation threatening to take authorized motion over star participant Jenni Hermoso’s newest statements over the incident.

Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish soccer federation, is defying calls to resign over accusations that his celebratory kiss with Hermoso, a member of Spain’s World Cup-winning girls’s group, occurred with out her consent. Hermoso and 80 different Spanish soccer gamers mentioned late Friday that they’d not play for the nationwide group so long as “the current leaders continue.”  

In an announcement revealed in response to the gamers’ announcement, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) mentioned it could pursue “all authorized actions … in protection” of Rubiales. The assertion, dated Friday, consists of images which the RFEF claims assist his model of occasions. Rubiales “clearly and easily defined how the occasions” occurred, based on the assertion.

The recent spherical of claims and counterclaims seems to be about Hermoso’s bodily dealing with of Rubiales, distinct from the kiss.

“I need to make clear that, as seen within the footage, I by no means consented to the kiss he gave me, and, in fact, I by no means supposed to elevate the president within the air,” Hermoso is quoted as saying within the English-language version of the gamers’ assertion, which was additionally issued in Spanish.

The RFEF assertion highlights the second a part of her declare, and features a sequence of images that the federation says present Hermoso lifting Rubiales off the bottom.

“The proof is conclusive. Mr. President has not lied,” the assertion contends, including that the RFEF and Rubiales will provide proof about “every of the lies which can be unfold both by somebody on behalf of the participant or, if it’s the case, by the participant herself.”

The RFEF assertion didn’t instantly tackle the kiss, which aired reside around the globe, or the broader claims of sexism that the incident has prompted. With FIFA launching disciplinary proceedings over his conduct — which included an occasion the place he appeared to aggressively seize his crotch in the course of the match — Rubiales defied expectations to resign on Friday. As a substitute, he delivered a fiery speech, casting himself because the sufferer of “false feminism” and claiming that he requested and obtained permission from Hermoso to provide her a “little kiss.”

Hermoso fired again in a separate statement on Friday night, denying that the change came about. “I felt susceptible and a sufferer of an impulse-driven, sexist, out-of-place act with none consent on my half,” she mentioned on social media, including that she’d been pressured to make an announcement in favor of Rubiales.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his authorities are siding unequivocally with Hermoso and the gamers. Rubiales “shouldn’t keep in workplace any longer and the federal government will take any actions to step him down,” Deputy Prime Minister Teresa Ribera advised POLITICO, calling Rubiales’s actions “shameful” and “unacceptable.”

Whereas the federal government doesn’t have direct authority over the soccer chief, the sports activities ministry has launched an administrative course of that might in the end result in him being sacked if he’s discovered to have breached the legislation.


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