Spanish FA threatens legal action over Jenni Hermoso ‘lies’ as World Cup kiss row deepens

Spain’s soccer federation has vowed to take authorized motion over “lies” because the row over its president kissing participant Jenni Hermoso after the World Cup last deepened.

On Friday the president, Luis Rubiales, refused to stop after a storm of criticism, hitting out at “false feminism” and shouting “I’m not resigning” in a chaotic press convention.

In response, the Spanish girls’s workforce launched a joint assertion saying the 23 World Cup-winning gamers – and 34 extra – wouldn’t play once more till management of the federation was modified. Within the assertion, Hermoso, who’s Spain’s main goalscorer, mentioned: “I wish to make clear that, as was seen within the pictures, at no time did I consent to the kiss he gave me. I don’t tolerate my phrase being questioned and far much less the invention of phrases I’ve not mentioned.”

Within the early hours of Saturday, the federation mentioned it might present there have been lies about what occurred by Hermoso or individuals talking for her and vowed to provoke authorized motion.

“The place there’s rule of regulation … opinions are counteracted with details and proof, and lies are rebutted in courtroom.”

“The RFEF and the President will present every of the lies which can be unfold both by somebody on behalf of the participant or, if relevant, by the participant herself,” it mentioned.

Rubiales at his press convention on Friday (RFEF/AFP through Getty Pictures)

The assertion was accompanied by 4 photographs of the occasion final Sunday that it mentioned illustrated Rubiales’ rivalry that Hermoso lifted him by the hips earlier than the incident. He appeared to forcibly kiss Hermoso because the gamers collected their medals and trophy.

Rubiales additionally got here below hearth when footage emerged showing to point out the federation president grabbing his crotch when Spain received, whereas sat near the Queen of Spain and her 16-year-old daughter.

Elsewhere, Spain’s authorities has began authorized proceedings searching for to droop the soccer federation chief with Victor Francos, head of the state-run Nationwide Sports activities Council telling a information convention: “The federal government begins at present the process in order that Mr Rubiales has to present explanations earlier than the Sport Courtroom and if the Sport Courtroom agrees, I can announce that we’ll droop Mr Rubiales from his capabilities.”

Jenni Hermoso after the World Cup final (PA Wire)

Jenni Hermoso after the World Cup last (PA Wire)

The secretary of sport additionally added that he hoped this incident would change into “Spanish soccer’s Me Too second”.

The Spanish workforce has additionally been backed by the Lionesses, whom they beat in Sunday’s last in Sydney. England gamers declared on Friday night that they stand with Hermoso, describing the incident as “unacceptable”.

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