Spain’s soccer federation late Friday threatened authorized motion to guard its president’s popularity after a member of Spain’s victorious girls’s World Cup championship crew stated he had forcibly grabbed and kissed her on the lips, prompting requires his resignation.
Luis Rubiales, the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation chief, has insisted he did nothing unsuitable with regard to the participant, Jennifer Hermoso, who stated she by no means consented to his actions however had confronted stress to publicly again Mr. Rubiales.
Mr. Rubiales’s kiss — broadcast reside to thousands and thousands — forged a pall over the crew’s celebrations and recalled a historical past of accusations of sexism in Spanish soccer.
“I need to make clear that, as seen within the pictures, at no time did I consent to the kiss he gave me,” Ms. Hermoso stated Friday in an announcement issued by the nation’s soccer union. “I don’t tolerate my phrase being questioned, a lot much less that or not it’s made-up phrases that I haven’t stated.”
In a assertion, the federation vowed to take “as many authorized actions as are acceptable in protection of the president’s honor” following Ms. Hermoso’s account of what occurred. Mr. Rubiales stated that Ms. Hermoso lifted him up, citing this as proof she authorised of his actions, and his group has backed him.
Ms. Hermoso has denied aspiring to raise Mr. Rubiales.
Gamers on the Spanish girls’s crew, together with dozens of others, have stated they are going to refuse to play for the nationwide crew till “the present managers,” together with Mr. Rubiales, are gone.