“Now it’s up to the judiciary”: Hermoso substantiates serious allegations against Rubiales

“Now it’s up to the justice system”
Hermoso substantiates serious allegations against Rubiales

The physical assault of Luis Rubiales after the final of the World Cup in the summer continues to concern the judiciary. He himself says that Jennifer Hermoso agreed – but the world champion testifies again in court that the ex-association boss kissed her against her will.

In the kissing scandal, Spanish world champion Jennifer Hermoso confirmed during questioning in court that the former head of the Spanish football association RFEF, Luis Rubiales, had given her a kiss without consent. “Now everything is in the hands of the judiciary,” said the 33-year-old afterwards as she left the State Court in Madrid.

Rubiales kissed her on the mouth in front of the cameras at the World Cup medal ceremony in Sydney on August 20th, triggering a scandal as a result of which he was banned by FIFA for three years and the Spanish Court of Arbitration for Sport and resigned as RFEF boss.

Through the forced kiss, Hermoso had involuntarily become a symbol of the fight for equality. The official, who remained unreasonable in the following weeks despite international outrage, only resigned from his position after his previous suspension by the world association FIFA.

Rubiales faces several years in prison

Despite everything, the association boss at the time continued to assert that Hermoso had agreed to the kiss. However, the player had already complained back then that at the award ceremony she felt “like a victim of an impulsive, sexist and inappropriate act that I did not agree to.” Hermoso also reported Rubiales for sexual assault. The scandal also led to structural changes at the association following pressure from most of the world champions.

The responsible examining judge, Francisco de Jorge, has already interviewed numerous witnesses, including several players from the Spanish World Cup team. He must decide whether Rubiales will be put in the dock. According to experts, the 46-year-old faces a prison sentence of up to four years.

Meanwhile, Hermoso has found a new club. The 33-year-old is moving from CF Pachuca to multiple champions Tigres Feminil in the Mexican league. The footballer and the club announced this on social media. “Nothing makes me happier than announcing that I will be part of an incredible club,” wrote Hermoso on Hermoso was still under contract with league rivals CF Pachuca until the end of last season. Mexican football is played according to the calendar year.

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