FIFA president Luis Rubiales kissed Spanish international Jennifer Hermoso on the mouth after winning the World Cup final, sparking a wave of criticism and outrage.
Spanish international Jennifer Hermoso has called for “exemplary measures” to be taken against Rubiales in the kissing case involving FIFA president Luis Rubiales during the FIFA World Champions Awards ceremony in Australia. This was announced by the FutPro players’ union on Wednesday. He kissed Rubiales Hermoso on the mouth on Sunday after beating England 1-0 in the World Cup final in Sydney, sparking criticism and outrage.
“We are committed to ensuring that such incidents that we have witnessed do not go unpunished and are punished,” the union and Hermoso Agency said in a joint statement. It added that “exemplary measures” should be taken “to protect footballers from behavior we consider unacceptable”.
The internal audit has begun
Rubiales admitted the mistake on Monday. He said in a video clip that he kissed Hermoso on the mouth “spontaneously” and “without any ill will or malice”. He explained, “Here we all considered it normal, but abroad it seems that there is a commotion.”
The Spanish Football Federation held its Extraordinary General Assembly in Madrid on Wednesday. The Spanish Federation announced that the meeting on the occasion of the “Women’s World Cup Awards Ceremony Events” will be held in Madrid on Friday from 12 noon. An internal investigation has also been launched.
He demanded Rubiales’ resignation
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “What we have seen is unacceptable.” In Spain, many are calling for Rubiales’ resignation. And according to Spanish media, that will not happen, at least on Friday. Instead, the employee is expected to receive “tremendous support” in the General Assembly, Radio Cadena Ser and other media reported unanimously.
Players’ union Fifpro demands consequences. The FIFPro said in a statement issued on Wednesday night that the Spanish players’ union demands immediate action against Rubiales and an investigation into the case under FIFA’s code of ethics.
The International Football Association Fifpro (FIFPRO) denounced Rubiales’ kiss as “improper behaviour” because it had caused a “dirty” private moment for the Spain players after winning the title. It added that physical tactics without the players’ consent were not appropriate or acceptable in any context, especially when it came from someone in a position of authority. (appa)
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