Jenni Hermoso, the footballer to whom the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, grabbed the head and kissed him on the mouth after the triumph of the Spanish women’s team in the World Cup in Australia, has decided to leave in the hands of his union, Futpro, the actions that can be carried out against his top boss. In a statement, the union has expressed its “firm and resounding condemnation of conduct that violates the dignity of women.”
Iceta warns the Federation about Rubiales: “If they don’t make decisions, the Sports Council will”
“My Futpro union, in coordination with my TMJ agency, are taking charge of defending my interests and being the interlocutors on this matter,” Hermoso herself explained, according to the aforementioned text made public by the aforementioned union in the middle of the afternoon this Wednesday.
In the midst of unprecedented social and political pressure for Rubiales to resign, Futpro asks the RFEF “to implement the necessary protocols”, ensure “for the rights” of the players and “adopt exemplary measures”. “It is essential that our team, the current world champion, is always represented by figures who project values of equality and respect in all areas,” said the aforementioned statement.
“It is necessary to continue advancing in the fight for equality, a fight that our players have led with determination, leading us to the position in which we find ourselves today,” adds the union. In addition, it makes “a call to the Higher Sports Council so that, within its powers, it actively supports and promotes prevention and intervention in the face of sexual harassment or abuse, machismo and sexism.”
Without mentioning the name of Rubiales at any time, Futpro “rejects any attitude or conduct that violates the rights of soccer players and from the union we are working so that acts like the ones we have seen never go unpunished, are sanctioned and the pertinent measures are adopted that protect soccer players from actions that we believe are unacceptable”.
Hermoso’s decision comes as pressure continues to mount on Rubiales over his gestures in the World Cup final on Sunday. To the reproach of a good part of the country, to the conviction of many jurists that what he did constitutes a crime of sexual assault and to international embarrassment, a battery of complaints was added on Tuesday (one by Sumar before the Higher Sports Council, another by a affiliate of the federation and one of a former First Division referee before the federation).
Also the disapproval of the majority of the political class, with the President of the Government at the head, the request for the resignation of the Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) and a journalistic information in Relief which ensures that the RFEF invented the statements for which Hermoso exonerated Rubiales.
The complaint of League F
To all this was added this Wednesday the Professional Women’s Soccer League (League F) that has filed a complaint against Rubiales before the Higher Sports Council “for the very serious acts and conduct carried out” by the president of the Federation during the final of the World Cup and requests its disqualification. “One of the greatest feats in the history of Spanish sport was sullied by the embarrassing behavior of the highest representative of Spanish football who, once again, and guided by his continuous and habitual desire for leadership, proved not to be up to the task. that it holds,” Liga F said in a statement.
The institution mentions the forced kiss of Luis Rubiales to Jenni Hermoso but speaks in general of “an attitude” that is, they point out, “far removed from the values of our society” and that, however, has had global significance. “Celebrating the triumph in the box of authorities clutching their genitals next to HM The Queen and her Royal Highness the Infanta Doña Sofía is inadmissible and disgusting. For a boss to grab her worker by the head and kiss her on the mouth simply cannot be tolerated. Publicly branding those who reproach such attitudes as ‘assholes, idiots and scoundrels’ is inadmissible and disgusting”, they continue. The apologies of the president of the Federation were, in the eyes of League F, insufficient and inadequate.
All in all, the RFEF has convened an extraordinary general assembly this Tuesday to be held next Friday from 12:00 p.m. at the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas (Madrid). The federation itself includes in its protocol “kissing by force” and “inadequate approach in body contact” as situations and behaviors related to sexual violence.
This Wednesday the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miguel Iceta, has warned that in this extraordinary meeting of the RFEF “decisions have to be made”. In statements to the EFE Agency, the head of Spanish sport has shown his explicit intention to act if there is no forceful response from the Football Federation, beyond Rubiales’ alleged apology, which the President of the Government has already described as insufficient and inadequate. In the last few hours, the president of the Higher Sports Council, Víctor Francos, has also threatened to intervene if he does not see a reaction from the Football Federation. “If they don’t make the decisions, the General Sports Council will,” Francos concluded first and hours later the minister.
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