See Also: Public Outcry and Player Protests Over Controversial Rubiales-Hermoso Kiss
The governing body of Spanish football, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), announced its intent to initiate legal proceedings in response to claims made by Jenni Hermoso about its president, Luis Rubiales.
Rubiales remains in his position, despite controversy surrounding a kiss he shared with Hermoso, a forward on the Spanish Women’s National Team, following their World Cup final victory over England in Sydney. Hermoso stated that she had not given her consent for the kiss, a claim that the federation has openly disputed.
“Our evidence is irrefutable. The president has been falsely accused,” the federation asserted.
Represented by players’ union Futpro, Hermoso countered by stating, “At no point did I initiate or attempt to lift the president” during their podium embrace.
The RFEF didn’t mince words: “We, along with our president, will expose every falsehood that has been disseminated either by someone representing the player or potentially by the player herself. In light of the gravitas of Futpro union’s press release, we are set to take appropriate legal action.”
The Spanish Secretary of Sport declared, “This incident should be Spanish football’s own MeToo moment.”
Further fueling the fire, 81 female players have pledged not to play for the Spanish National Team until Rubiales is ousted. Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias has also joined the chorus, vowing not to suit up for the men’s national team as long as Rubiales holds the reins.
As part of its defense, the RFEF released four separate images analyzing the moment of the controversial kiss, asserting that these pictures show Hermoso applying the force that resulted in Rubiales’ feet being lifted off the ground during the embrace.
The story continues to unfold, so stay tuned for updates.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Spanish Football Federation Legal Action
What is the main controversy involving Luis Rubiales and Jenni Hermoso?
The primary issue revolves around a kiss shared between Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), and Jenni Hermoso, a forward for the Spanish Women’s National Team. The incident occurred following Spain’s Women’s World Cup win over England. Hermoso claims she did not consent to the kiss, an assertion that the RFEF vehemently denies.
Who is representing Jenni Hermoso in this situation?
Jenni Hermoso is being represented by the players’ union Futpro. In a statement, Hermoso said she did not initiate or try to lift Rubiales during their podium embrace, contrary to the RFEF’s claims.
What is the Spanish Football Federation’s response to these allegations?
The RFEF announced its intent to initiate legal proceedings against either those representing Jenni Hermoso or Hermoso herself for disseminating what they refer to as “falsehoods” or “lies.” The federation maintains that the evidence supports Rubiales and refutes Hermoso’s claims.
Are other players involved in this situation?
Yes, 81 female players have announced that they will not play for the Spanish National Team until Rubiales steps down. Additionally, Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias has stated he will not play for the men’s national team as long as Rubiales is in charge.
What is the stance of the Spanish Secretary of Sport?
The Spanish Secretary of Sport has described this incident as potentially being “Spanish football’s own MeToo moment.” This statement indicates that there is a broader desire for cultural change and accountability within Spanish football in light of these events.
What evidence has the Spanish Football Federation provided?
The RFEF released four images, each accompanied by an analysis, that aim to demonstrate Hermoso was the one applying force during the controversial kiss. The images supposedly show Hermoso lifting Rubiales’ feet off the ground during their embrace.
Is there an ongoing legal case?
Yes, the Spanish Football Federation has announced that it will take legal action to challenge the claims made by Jenni Hermoso or her representatives, indicating that an official legal case is likely to ensue.
More about Spanish Football Federation Legal Action
- [Spanish Women’s World Cup Victory]
- [Statement from Players’ Union Futpro]
- [Spanish Football Federation’s Official Response]
- [Public Reactions and Player Protests]
- [MeToo Movement in Sports]
- [Commentary from the Spanish Secretary of Sport]
- [Real Betis Striker Borja Iglesias Takes a Stand]
- [Image Analysis Released by RFEF]
- [Legal Proceedings in Sports Controversies]
- [Spanish Football Federation Official Website]