Tue. Jun 25th, 2024
Luis Rubiales may face jail time for kissing during World Cup

In response to a non-consensual kiss with female footballer Jenni Hermoso, Spanish prosecutors are seeking a two-and-a-half year jail sentence for former head of Spain’s football federation, Luis Rubiales. The charges against Rubiales include sexual assault and coercion. Prosecutor Marta Durantez has accused Rubiales of one count of sexual assault and one count of coercion, each carrying a jail term of one year and one-and-a-half years, respectively.

Rubiales, who has denied any wrongdoing, also faces accusations from three other men: former coach Jorge Vilda, current sporting director Albert Luque, and head of marketing Ruben Rivera. These men are also accused of coercing Hermoso into saying the kiss was consensual. All four men appeared in court and denied any wrongdoing. If convicted, they could each face up to 18 months in jail.

Durantez is also seeking €100,000 in damages to be paid to Hermoso by the four men, with Rubiales responsible for at least half of this amount. Additionally, she has requested a restraining order for Rubiales that prevents him from coming within 200m of Hermoso and communicating with her for the next seven-and-a-half years.

The controversy surrounding this incident overshadowed a historic moment for Spain’s women’s team which had just won its first World Cup title. This incident sparked calls for changes to be made within women’s football in Spain and raised global concerns about sexism in sports.

By Aiden Nguyen

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