The Kiss Scandal at the Women’s World Cup: FIFA Bans Spain’s President Rubiales

2023-08-27 09:48:00

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Alexander Kaindl


The kissing scandal after the Women’s World Cup final continues to make headlines. FIFA has now suspended the Spanish federation president Rubiales. The news ticker.

Kiss scandal at the Women’s World Cup: Spain’s President Rubiales kissed player Jennifer Hermoso on the mouthFIFA bans Rubiales: World association imposes a temporary ban on association presidentsHermoso statement on the kiss scandal: World champion speaks outSituation in Spain is escalating: RFEF threatens Hermoso with lawsuitThis news ticker is continuously updated

Update from August 26, 10:26 p.m.: Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso has called for the resignation of Spanish head of the association Luis Rubiales, who was heavily criticized for the kiss scandal.

“That was not acceptable,” said Spain’s former world and European champions before the Bundesliga game at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday Sky: “It’s clear: He can’t stay in this situation.” All people could have seen what happened, Alonso added.

Spanish coaching team is likely to resign except for the head coach

Update from August 26, 6:45 p.m.: Spanish women’s football is in ruins if the president of the association, Luis Rubiales, does not resign. After all players had already announced on Friday that they would boycott the national team as long as Rubiales is still in office, almost the entire coaching staff has now also announced their resignation.

Head coach Jorde Vilda, who until now has stood firmly by the controversial head of the association Luis Rubiales, who has been temporarily suspended by the world association FIFA, lost his entire team, as the Spanish newspaper reports Sports world and other media reported on Saturday.

However, Rubiales himself is not thinking of resigning, even though he has been provisionally suspended by FIFA and does not want to let the criticism leveled at him stop. The Spanish football federation RFEF announced much more on Saturday in a statement that Rubiales “completely” trusts the FIFA authorities. The disciplinary proceedings initiated against him give him the opportunity “to begin his defense so that the truth will prevail and his complete innocence will be proven”.

FIFA ban Rubiales: Spanish FA president banned from contacting Hermoso

Update from August 26, 2:41 p.m.: The disciplinary committee of the world football association FIFA temporarily suspended the Spanish association boss Luis Rubiales on Saturday. The suspension applies to the national and international area. The ban is effective immediately and will last for 90 days.

FIFA on Thursday initiated proceedings against Rubiales, who also sits on the Executive Committee of the European Football Union (UEFA). Rubiales kissed Spanish international Jennifer Hermoso on the mouth at Sunday’s awards ceremony after beating European champions England 1-0 in the World Cup final.

FIFA also asked Rubiales not to contact Hermoso or those around her, either himself or through third parties. No attempt should be made to contact them either. “FIFA reaffirms its unreserved commitment to respecting the integrity of all individuals and therefore strongly condemns any behavior to the contrary,” emphasized the world governing body.

First report from August 26, 9:31 a.m.: Madrid – Years, no, decades she has toiled, toiled, sweated for this game. Then came the big day, the final at a football World Cup – and in fact the lifelong dream came true: world champion. More is not possible. The greatest possible title, the most sensational triumph. pure happiness. And what happens afterwards? The president of the association kisses her on the mouth without being asked. Suddenly nobody is talking about the world title anymore. It’s all about the kiss scandal and its consequences.

Jennifer Hermoso FuentesBorn:9. May 1990 (Age 33), Madrid, SpainClub: CF Pachuca FemenilGreatest achievement: FIFA World Cup 2023

Hermoso talks about the kiss scandal: “Victim of an assault, macho act”

This is the story of Spain’s soccer heroine Jennifer Hermoso. The striker had no idea what happened to her after Australia’s 1-0 win over England when RFEF President Luis Rubiales held her head and kissed her on the mouth without being asked at the awards ceremony.

Immediately after the final of the Women’s World Cup, the striker said in a video that she didn’t like it. Now she has commented on the kiss scandal in detail via Instagram for the first time – and gave insights into her inner life: “I felt vulnerable and as a victim of an attack, an impulsive, macho act that was inappropriate and that I did not agree to. Simply put, I wasn’t respected.”

Luis Rubiales defends himself against allegations and does not resign

Association President Rubiales has since been massively criticized from many quarters and asked to resign. He rejected this step in a defiant defense speech at an extraordinary general meeting of the RFEF football association, which he leads, in Madrid on Friday. Hermoso picked him up at the award ceremony in Sydney, pulled him to her body and expressly agreed to the kiss.

Hermoso, on the other hand, made it clear in her statement that she had not been asked and had by no means given her consent. The kiss was not consensual. She will not play for Spain’s national team again as long as the current leadership stays in her post. All of her teammates in the Spanish selection also joined this boycott.

Spain’s soccer world champion Jennifer Hermoso spoke for the first time with a long statement about the kiss scandal.

© Sports Press Photo / Imago / Screenshot Instagram / Jennifer Hermoso

Resignation from Spain men’s national team, government opposes Luis Rubiales

Hermoso emphasized that Rubiales’ action on the final day was not exceptional. “These types of incidents are among a long list of situations that players have condemned over the years,” she wrote. “This incident that I was involved in is the limit and what everyone was able to witness live on TV during our celebration is part of the attitude that we were able to see this morning and that has been part of our everyday life as a team for years,” criticized Hermoso.

What’s next in Spain? With Borja Iglesias, a player from the men’s national team has even resigned – in protest against Rubiales. And even the government is getting involved: “Obviously we will do everything in our power to ensure that this gentleman, who can hardly be described as a worthy representative of Spanish football, is no longer at the top of Spanish football,” said Spain’s executive vice -Prime Minister and Minister for Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, the Europa Press news agency.

Hermoso breaks silence on the kiss scandal, the association threatens her with a lawsuit

The next step is as follows: The association threatens Hermoso with a lawsuit. Following their statement, the RFEF countered with a statement announcing it would “take appropriate legal action to defend the President’s honor.” Four attached photos were used to demonstrate that the President is not lying and that his version is absolutely true. However, the association does not address the kiss in the statement. Attempts by RFEF to contact Hermoso “never succeeded”. (akl/dpa/sid)

Rubriklistenbild: © Sports Press Photo / Imago / Screenshot Instagram / Jennifer Hermoso

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