Rubiales’ ‘forced kiss’ controversy reaches Spanish prime minister and top sports figures
Pressure is mounting on Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), who sparked controversy by suddenly kissing Henifer Hermoso.
The incident occurred on the 20th 카지노사이트 (Korean time) after the 2023 Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup final. Spain defeated England 1-0 to win the World Cup for the first time in history, and at the awards ceremony that followed, President Rubiales was overjoyed as he hugged the Spanish players who wrote great history.
Then, President Rubiales committed an unexpected act. After he shared a deep hug with Hermoso, he suddenly grabbed her hair and kissed her on the lips. The scene was broadcast live around the world and became controversial as it spread through various social media (SNS).
Rubiales tried to dismiss the controversy, saying, “People who found the behavior strange are idiots,” but faced strong opposition from within Spain. Spain’s Minister of Culture and Sports Mikel Isetta called for an apology, calling it “unacceptable”.
As the wave grew, Chairman Rubiales said in a video distributed by RFEF to local media, “I want to apologize because there are people who have been hurt by my actions,” but added, “We felt that kiss was natural, normal, and pure. Internally, no one thought it was strange.”
The Spanish national team players also held back their words, saying they were reluctant to cover up the World Cup victory as an unsavory incident. President Ruby Ales later arrived in Spain and continued his official events, including enjoying a parade with his national team.
Then, even the Spanish Prime Minister came forward and asked Chairman Rubiales to take responsibility. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on the 22nd, “Chairman Rubiales has behaved unacceptably. He apologized, but it was neither sufficient nor appropriate. We must show a better image.” hoped for
Spain’s second deputy prime minister, Yolanda Diaz, also demanded a sincere apology, saying, “Of course, the Spanish Football Association is not a governing body of the Spanish government. Nevertheless, President Rubiales must make a clearer and more responsible apology.”
The Spanish Sports Supreme Council (CSD) announced that they would directly take action if sufficient action against President Rubiales is not taken by the Spanish Football Federation. CSD Chairman Victor Francos appeared on the Spanish radio ‘Cadena Serre’ on the 23rd and responded to the host’s question about the possibility of CSD’s involvement, saying, “It can be so.” We will consider whether to transfer the review to the Sports Administrative Court under the CSD.”