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The president of the Spanish Football Federation defiant in the midst of controversy

The president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, is standing firm amid a growing controversy surrounding a kiss he shared with soccer player Jenni Hermoso. The incident occurred after Spain won the World Cup, when Rubiales kissed Hermoso on the mouth while handing out medals. Rubiales addressed the issue during an emergency assembly of the RFEF, rejecting calls for his resignation and describing the kiss as a “spontaneous, mutual, euphoric and consensual” gesture. She dismissed criticism from what she called “fake feminists” and affirmed her commitment to standing her ground, earning applause from the predominantly male audience.

However, the Spanish government has taken action against Rubiales, indicating that it will take the matter to a sports court. If the kiss is proven to be non-consensual, he could face the repercussions of a sexual violence law introduced by the Socialists last year. The government’s response reflects its commitment to addressing issues related to gender equality and women’s rights.

The controversy has intensified and FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Rubiales after a statement by Jenni Hermoso that her union is working to ensure responsibility for these acts. Rubiales initially reacted defiantly, calling his critics “idiots,” but later posted a video apology. This apology had limited acceptance, and led to discussions among RFEF regional leaders about the future of Rubiales and possible successors.

The situation underscores wider debates about appropriate behavior and respect within the realm of sports and beyond. It also reflects ongoing efforts to challenge cases of gender-based misconduct and ensure accountability, with the government taking a stand against impunity for such actions. Amid the controversy, Rubiales remains at the center of a conversation that resonates beyond the world of football.

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