Former Head of Spain’s Football Federation Faces Sexual Assault and Coercion Charges for Non-Consensual Kiss on Female Footballer

Luis Rubiales may face jail time for kissing during World Cup

In response to a non-consensual kiss, former head of Spain’s football federation, Luis Rubiales, faces charges of sexual assault and coercion. Prosecutor Marta Durantez has accused Rubiales of 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 where Rubiales kissed female footballer Jenni Hermoso without her consent.

Rubiales has denied any wrongdoing while facing these charges. If convicted, he could face up to 18 months in jail. Additionally, Durantez is seeking €100,000 in damages to be paid to Hermoso by the four men involved: Rubiales responsible for at least half of this amount. Furthermore, 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.

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

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