England’s women’s national football team has weighed in on the controversy in Spain regarding their football federation president’s actions during the Women’s World Cup celebrations. Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish Football Association, kissed Spanish player Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the celebrations, which sparked outrage. In response, England’s lionesses expressed their support for Hermoso, stating that “abuse is abuse and we have all seen the truth.” They criticized Rubiales’ actions as “unacceptable” and labeled the Spanish FA as a “sexist and patriarchal organization.”
Hermoso herself issued a statement denying that the kiss was consensual and claimed she had been under pressure to defend Rubiales. Despite calls for his resignation, Rubiales remained defiant, asserting that the kiss was consensual and accusing Hermoso of lying. The situation escalated as the Spanish women’s football squad announced that they would not play for their team until Rubiales is removed from his position as president of the Spanish Football Association.
This controversy has garnered attention and responses from various players, organizations, and even the Spanish government. The president of Spain’s Women’s Football Committee, Rafael del Amo, resigned in protest, and FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Rubiales. The situation has exposed underlying issues of gender dynamics within the sport and has led to discussions about the treatment of female athletes in the industry.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn