28 Aug, 2023 @ 12:00
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Luis Rubiales ‘forced kiss’ row latest: Spain’s governing body of football calls emergency meeting

Luis Rubiales ‘forced kiss’ row latest: Spain’s governing body of football calls emergency meeting
(8/25/2023) Appearance of several assembly members and guests leaving the headquarters of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) at the end of the extraordinary Assembly called after the controversy involving the president of the organization, Luis Rubiales, after giving a kiss without consent to the player Jenni Hermoso last Sunday when celebrating the victory in the World Cup in Sydney (Australia), in the Soccer City Las Rozas. The extraordinary Assembly convened by the RFEF has been held behind closed doors, preventing access to the dozens of journalists who were following the news about the behavior of its president, Luis Rubiales, who a day before had been presumed to present the resignation from him. Despite the strong pressure from politicians, the media, society and the possible disqualification of FIFA, Luis Rubiales denies that he is going to resign from office with strong statements during his speech where he has expressed a resounding "No. I am not going to resign; I am not going to resign I'm not going to resign! (Photo by Hugo Ortuño/Pacific Press/Sipa USA) *** Local Caption *** 47943376

SPAIN’S RFEF has called an emergency meeting for Monday after its Sexual Violence Protocol was activated in the wake of suspended President Luis Rubiales’ non-consensual kissing incident involving World Cup star Jenni Hermoso.

The Monday gathering has been described as an ‘extraordinary and urgent’ meeting ‘to evaluate the situation in which the federation finds itself’.

Maria Dolores Martinez Madrona, the sexual protection delegate to the FFEF, has confirmed a probe over Rubiales’ behaviour.

“Our protocol is currently activated and in the midst of investigating the events, thus we demand the utmost respect for the right to privacy and dignity of all individuals involved,” she said in a letter published by the RFEF.

“As the protection delegate for sexual violence, my duty is to adhere to the protocol and safeguard the privacy of those affected by this incident and of the Sexual Violence Advisory Committee.”

The move comes after the RFEF announced on Saturday that they were going to take legal action against World Cup star Jenni Hermoso on the grounds that she did not tell the truth about the infamous Sydney kiss.

That decision brought an immediate response from world governing body FIFA who suspended Rubiales for 90 days and banned him or the RFEF from having any contact with Hermoso- which in theory means the Sexual Violence Advisory Committee will not be able to speak to her.

All of the women’s coaching staff subsequently resigned later on Saturday in support of Hermoso, with the exception of manager Jorge Vilda who applauded a defiant speech by Rubiales on Friday.

The female coaches who quit said they were forced to sit in the front row to listen to Rubiales address the RFEF.

In an about turn, Vilda strongly criticised Rubiales’ behaviour on Sunday.

Despite widespread condemnation including all of of Spain’s key female players saying they will not play for the country until Rubiales goes, the 44-year-old president has vowed to ‘fight on until the end’.

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