The former president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Luis Rubiales denied this Friday the charges of sexual assault and coercion of whom he is being accused by the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office after giving a kiss on the mouth to the national team’s soccer player Jenni Hermoso at the awards ceremony for the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Australia and New Zealand 2023.
In his appearance before the National Court of Spain, Rubiales flatly denied all the charges against him: having forced Jenni to kiss him and having tried, through coercion, to get him to collaborate in the video in which Rubiales offered his apologies.
The Prosecutor’s Office also requested Rubiales’ appearance every 15 days and a restraining order for the 500-meter player. The former president of the RFEF was also prohibited from communicating with Jenni Hermoso by any means.
Rubiales, 46 years old, hHe has maintained that the kiss was consensual and finally resigned from his position on September 10, after several weeks convinced that he was not going to resign.
“I am a good person, who in a moment of maximum happiness, with consent, asking beforehand—you can read my lips—because of the immense joy, (…) Winning a World Cup is something wonderful and the truth is there can be no intention beyond the celebration and joy itself.”he told British interviewer Piers Morgan on Sunday.
Rubiales entered the court accompanied by his lawyer, Olga Tubau, and did not make any comments to the media.
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