News Update


Spanish authorities have opened a preliminary investigation on the kiss of the federation president, according to Luis Rubiales.

Prosecutors are investigating whether the occurrence constitutes a sexual assault offence.

Rubiales, 46, has been harshly chastised in the aftermath of Spain’s Women’s World Cup final victory.

Hermoso, 33, claimed the kiss was not mutual.

Fifa, the world football’s regulatory body, suspended Rubiales on Saturday.

Rubiales had stated the day before that he would not resign.

The court announced the probe because of the “unequivocal nature” of Hermoso’s assertions, 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.

Legal experts will also contact the player “to offer her the option of legal action, providing her with 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.”

It went on to say, “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 Spanish government has requested that he be suspended by Spain’s Sports Tribunal (TAD), which will be discussed at a TAD meeting on Monday.

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) has also called a “extraordinary and urgent” meeting of regional federations for Monday to “evaluate the situation in which the federation finds itself.”

When Fifa suspended Rubiales on Saturday, it told him, the RFEF, and its officials and employees not to contact Hermoso, whom the RFEF had threatened with legal action earlier that day.

Rubiales’ mother declares a hunger strike.


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