Gianni Infantinopresident of the International Football Federation (FIFA), spoke for the first time in the case of the forced kiss of the boss of the Spanish Federation, Luis Rubiales, to the player Jenni Hermoso, estimating this Thursday on Instagram that “this should not have happened never”.
“Unfortunately, the well-deserved celebration of these magnificent champions was marred by what happened after the final whistle. And what continued to happen in the following days”Infantino wrote about the scandal of Rubiales’s kiss to the soccer player during the trophy delivery ceremony in Sydney, just after the Women’s World Cup final won by Spain against England (1-0) on August 20.
And he added: “This should never have happened. But it happened and the FIFA disciplinary bodies immediately assumed their responsibility, taking the necessary measures. Disciplinary procedures will follow their legitimate course.”
FIFA opened a disciplinary file against Luis Rubiales on August 24 and then provisionally suspended him from all football activity, national and international, for ninety days, while what happened is investigated.
“For our part, we must continue to focus on how we can continue to support women and women’s football in the future. On and off the pitch. Defending true values and respecting the players as people, as well as their fantastic performances, ”Infantino added in his message, which he accompanied with photographs in which he appears with the Spanish soccer players on the World Cup podium.
Statement by Aitana Bonmatí
Aitana Bonmatí who won the prestigious UEFA award for Best Player this Thursday, at the gala where the groups for the next edition of the Champions League were drawn.
However, his thank you speech was not focused solely on personal successes, but rather addressed the topic that has been a trend in recent weeks.
“They are not being very good moments in Spanish football. We come from winning the World Cup, but not much is said about it. I would like to remember what has happened. As a society we must not allow abuse of power in an employment relationship, or disrespect”, emphasized the Barcelona player.
And with a gesture of solidarity towards all women who face similar situations, she said: “For my partner Jenni, I would like to dedicate this to all the women who are suffering the same. we are with you. We have to continue working so that this society improves”.
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