Spain’s Football Federation Chief Faces Jail Time Over Unwanted Kiss of Female Player

Luis Rubiales may face jail time for kissing during World Cup

Four men, including former coach Jorge Vilda, current sporting director Albert Luque, and head of marketing Ruben Rivera, are facing charges of coercion for pressuring footballer Jenni Hermoso to say a kiss she did not consent to was consensual. The incident took place following Spain’s World Cup victory. Prosecutor Marta Durantez has accused Rubiales of sexual assault and coercion for the non-consensual kiss. All four men denied any wrongdoing when they appeared in court. If convicted, they could each face up to 18 months in jail.

Spanish prosecutors are seeking a two-and-a-half year jail sentence for Luis Rubiales, the former head of Spain’s football federation. This is in response to an incident where he kissed female footballer Jenni Hermoso without her consent following Spain’s World Cup victory. Hermoso and her teammates expressed that the kiss was unwanted and demeaning.

Durantez has also accused Rubiales 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. If convicted, Rubiales could face up to 18 months in jail. 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. She is also seeking €100,000 in damages to be paid to Hermoso by the four men involved in the incident.

The controversy surrounding this incident overshadowed a historic moment for Spain’s women’s team, which had just won its first World Cup title. The incident sparked calls for changes to be made within women’s football in Spain as it brought attention to sexism within the sport.

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