June 13, 2024

Former Head of Spain’s Football Federation Faces Jail Time for Sexual Assault Allegations in Controversial Kiss Incident

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Luis Rubiales may face jail time for kissing during World Cup

Prosecutors in Spain are seeking to sentence former head of Spain’s football federation, Luis Rubiales, to a two-and-a-half year jail term for kissing female footballer Jenni Hermoso without her consent following the country’s World Cup victory. The incident has sparked controversy and calls for changes in women’s football in Spain.

Rubiales, who has denied any wrongdoing, faces charges of sexual assault and coercion for the non-consensual kiss. Prosecutor Marta Durantez has accused him of one count of sexual assault and one count of coercion, each carrying jail terms of one year and one-and-a-half years, respectively. She also accused former coach Jorge Vilda, current sporting director Albert Luque, and head of marketing Ruben Rivera of coercing Hermoso into saying the kiss was consensual.

All three men denied any wrongdoing when they appeared in court. If convicted, they could each face up to 18 months in jail. Durantez is also seeking €100,000 in damages to be paid to Hermoso by the four men, with Rubiales responsible for at least half of this amount. Additionally, she has requested a restraining order for Rubiales, preventing him from coming within 200m of Hermoso and from communicating with her for the next seven-and-a-half years.

The incident overshadowed a historic moment for Spain’s women’s team which had just won its first World Cup title. Despite the controversy surrounding this incident, it sparked calls for changes to be made within women’s football in Spain as it highlights the need for greater respect towards female athletes and their boundaries.

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