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Jenni Hermoso files legal lawsuit over Women’s World Cup final kiss, according to Luis Rubiales.

Jenni Hermoso has filed a court lawsuit against Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales over the kiss.

Rubiales kissed Hermoso on the lips during Spain’s World Cup victory, which she claims was not consented to.

Rubiales maintains the kiss was “mutual and “consensual,” but Fifa, football’s world governing body, has temporarily suspended him.

According to the lawsuit, the 46-year-old could face criminal penalties.

On August 29, Spanish prosecutors launched a preliminary investigation into whether the occurrence constituted a sexual assault offense.

At the time, Spain’s highest criminal court announced that it would launch an investigation due to the “unequivocal nature” of Hermoso’s words, stating that it was necessary “to determine their legal significance.”

“Given the public statements made by Jennifer Hermoso, the sexual act she was subjected to by Luis Rubiales was not consensual,” a statement read.

It went on to say that legal specialists will contact her “to offer her the option of legal action, giving her the opportunity to contact National Court prosecutors within 15 days for information about her rights as a victim of an alleged sexual assault, should she wish to file a complaint.”

“In order to proceed with a case for sexual assault, harassment, or sexual abuse, the injured party or their legal representative must file suit, or the public prosecutors’ office,” the statement continued.

Hermoso is said to have submitted her case on Tuesday.

Rubiales, who had previously been spotted grasping his crotch while celebrating Spain’s 1-0 win over England before to the kiss, has repeatedly refused to resign from his position.

Spain’s national sports tribunal (TAD) started a misconduct action against him on Friday, concluding that he had committed a “serious offence” by kissing Hermoso.

The TAD, however, stopped short of the “very serious offence” requested by the government, which would have resulted in his suspension.

81 Spanish players, including all 23 World Cup winners, have stated that they will not play for Spain again while Rubiales is in charge.

They are scheduled to participate in Uefa Nations League qualifying against Sweden and Switzerland on September 22 and 26.

On Tuesday, Spain’s World Cup-winning head coach Jorge Vilda, a close ally of Rubiales, was fired, and Montse Tome was selected as his replacement.


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