After being accused of sexual assault by one of Spain’s female soccer players, the president of Spain’s soccer federation, Luis Rubiales, has decided to resign. Here’s the full story.
After winning the Women’s World Cup, Luis Rubiales was congratulating the women when he unexpectedly kissed one of the female players, Jenni Hermoso, on the lips.
She Didn’t Like It
After the kiss, Rubiales claimed it was “consensual,” while Hermoso said it was “forced” and “unwanted.”
Hermoso said in an Instagram video taken in the locker room after the victory, “I didn’t like it.”
Rubiales was publicly defending himself, so Hermoso issued her own statement. She said, “Simply put, I was not respected.”
Hermoso said she felt “vulnerable” and was a “victim of an impulse-driven, sexist, out of place act without consent.”
FIFA immediately gave Rubiales a 90-day suspension, but he waited a month before announcing his resignation during an interview with Piers Morgan.
Morgan asked Rubiales what he planned to do, and Rubiales responded, “About my resignation, I’m going to do…I cannot continue my work.”
Too Much Impact on His Friends and Family
During the interview, Rubiales said he had consulted with his father, his daughters, and his friends about resigning.
He said he ultimately decided to leave because of the “scandal’s impact” on other people’s lives.
Rubiales said that his daughters, family, and loved ones have “suffered the effects of an excessive persecution.”
Sexual Assault Charges
Spain’s prosecutor’s office said they will charge Rubiales with “sexual assault and coercion.”
A National Court judge will hear the case, and there will be a formal court investigation.
Rubiales Will Defend Himself
Rubiales denied forcible assault on Hermoso and said he would “take legal action to defend himself against the allegations.”
Interim President Steps In
When FIFA suspended Rubiales “from all football-related activities at national and international level” for 90 days, Pedro Rocha stepped in as interim president.
Rocha issued a public apology, saying the actions of Mr. Rubiales did not “represent the values” of the Spanish Federation nor of the Spanish society “as a whole.”
Rocha said Rubiales’ actions “must be attributed solely and exclusively to him.” and that Rubiales needs to take responsibility for his actions.
Support for Rubiales
Rubiales had several people on X, formerly known as Twitter, defending him and saying he was “just overjoyed” over the country’s win.
One X user asked, “Why does the world have to treat this man this way?” This person said the way Rubiales was being treated “wasn’t fair” because he didn’t do it intentionally.
Forgive the Man
Another X user said everyone should “forgive this man and let go” because we all make mistakes.
This person also said that not every action “deserves consequences.”
Better Late Than Never
While Rubiales had some people defending him, others were happy to “finally” hear the news of his resignation.
One person said it was “terrible” that it took Rubiales so long to resign, “but better late than never.”
Another X user commented, “Resigning is the honorable thing for him to do.” They also said the resignation was “best for both parties.”
He Did It for the Money
One person criticized Rubiales for “needing a big payday interview to persuade him” to resign.
This person claimed that Rubiales only did the interview with Piers Morgan for the money.
Rubiales Posts on X
After the interview with Morgan, Rubiales posted to X, saying, “I will defend my honorability. I will defend my innocence. I have faith in the future. I have faith in the truth. Thank you all.”
Rubiales described himself as a victim of “social assassination” and “false feminism” during a press conference. He still insists that the kiss was “mutual and with the consent” of player Jenni Hermoso.
He Is Not the Victim
One X user said, “He is not the victim; he is the predator.” This person also said, “He should have resigned the night Spain won the championship.”
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