After a non-consensual kiss between Spain’s Football President and one of the female players, critics are outraged and calling for his resignation. Here’s the whole story.
Spain’s Football President Kissed One of the Female Players ON THE LIPS
After the women’s national team from Spain beat Australia in the Women’s World Cup, Spain’s Football President kissed one of the female players.
Luis Rubiales is the President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation in Spain. After an exciting World Cup win, Rubiales let his emotions get the better of him when he forcibly kissed 33-year-old footballer Jenni Hermoso on the lips.
The kiss sparked outrage worldwide because although Rubiales said the kiss was mutual and with consent,” Hermoso said it was “not consensual.”
Hermoso said in a video posted on Instagram, “I did not like it, but what could I do?”
“Hermoso “Lifted” Him up in a Celebratory Gesture, and He Asked Her for “A Little Kiss,” to Which She Agreed”
Spain’s national women’s team said they “refuse to play” any more matches until Rubiales resigns. But there’s just one problem… Rubiales refuses to resign.
In a speech given by Rubiales after the incident, he said Hermoso “lifted” him up in a celebratory gesture, and he asked her for “a little kiss,” to which she agreed.
Hermoso responded to Rubiales’ statement with a statement of her own. She said, “I want to clarify that…at no time did I consent to the kiss he gave me and, of course, in no case did I seek to lift the president.”
Rubiales didn’t seem to like that Hermoso was speaking out against him. He said, “I do not tolerate that my word is questioned and much less that words that I have not said are invented.”
He Caused Controversy Earlier in the World Cup When He Grabbed His Crotch “In Celebration”
The kissing incident wasn’t the first time Rubiales was under fire during the Women’s World Cup.
He caused controversy earlier in the World Cup when he grabbed his crotch “in celebration” after Spain scored a goal. He was standing right next to Queen Letizia and her 16-year-old daughter.
After the crotch-grabbing incident, Rubiales apologized for his actions, which is more than he’s done after the unwanted kiss to Hermoso.
Alex on Twitter called the football president “scandalous” and said he “should be fired right away.”
Rubiales’ Actions Were “Inexcusable” and Crossed “Personal Boundaries”
One fan from Spain was not happy about Rubiales kissing Hermoso. This person commented on a Twitter post that Rubiales’ actions were “inexcusable” and crossed “personal boundaries.”
Rubiales was suspended for 90 days by FIFA after refusing to resign from his position.
Hundreds of people in Madrid protested in support of Jenni Hermoso. Protestors carried banners that read, “Sexists and gentlemen, sports are for everyone” and “Out with macho federations.”
The message was clear that people were against Luis Rubiales and his actions. They said they will not stop until Rubiales resigns.
“He Should Be “Prosecuted for That Bad Behavior””
The account by the name of SOJ on Twitter said that Rubiales’ resignation should be “non-negotiable” and that he should be “prosecuted for that bad behavior.”
Critics call Rubiales’ behavior sexual harassment, but his mother said her son is receiving “inhumane treatment.” She said her son did not deserve the way he was being treated.
Rubiales’ mother, Angeles Bejar, locked herself in a church and went on a hunger strike in support of her son. Critics said she has a “my son is never wrong” mentality.
Others said Rubiales’ mother was “enabling his bad behavior” and suggested she encourage her son to “apologize, resign, and change his behavior” instead.
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