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Former Football Federation Head Faces Two-And-A-Half Year Sentence For Sexual Assault Of Female Footballer

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 27, 2024
Luis Rubiales may face jail time for kissing during World Cup

Prosecutors in Spain are seeking a two-and-a-half year jail sentence for former football federation head Luis Rubiales, accused of sexually assaulting and coercing female footballer Jenni Hermoso without her consent. Rubiales, who has denied any wrongdoing, is charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of coercion, each carrying jail terms of one year and one-and-a-half years, respectively.

The incident occurred following Spain’s World Cup victory when Rubiales kissed Hermoso without her consent. The footballer and her teammates expressed that the kiss was unwanted and demeaning. The controversy surrounding this incident overshadowed a historic moment for Spain’s women’s team, which had just won its first World Cup title.

Prosecutor Marta Durantez has also accused former coach Jorge Vilda, current sporting director Albert Luque, and head of marketing Ruben Rivera of coercing Hermoso into saying the kiss was consensual. All three men denied any wrongdoing when they appeared in court. 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, preventing him from coming within 200m of Hermoso and from communicating with her for the next seven-and-a-half years.

This incident sparked calls for changes to be made within women’s football in Spain as it highlighted the problem of sexism in sports.

By Samantha Johnson

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