Andrea Pereira supported Jennifer Hermoso (REUTERS/Raquel Cunha – Instagram/jennihermoso)
The attack by Luis Rubiales, president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), suffered by Jennifer Hermoso continues to generate echoes in the sports sphere. In this sense, the Iberian soccer player Andrea Pereira spoke in favor of her former teammate at FC Barcelona and spoke about the harassment within the Spanish team.
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During a press conference prior to the friendly match to be held between the Águilas del América and the women’s Futbol Club Barcelona on the field of the Azteca Stadium, the midfielder of the Coapa team was questioned about the situation suffered by Jennifer Hermoso. In this sense, she stated that attacks against players are not new to the RFEF.
“In the end it is to be grateful that everyone is going in the same direction, I think this had been going on for a long time. When I resigned, the kiss thing hadn’t happened, so I think we’ve been seeing things for a long time that perhaps weren’t what we had to see within a federation, but finally, so to speak, because of this unpleasant event, everyone has turned to Spain and women. It’s positive,” she said.
Players from all over the world have expressed their support for Jennifer Hermoso (REUTERS)
Although he did not disclose details about other possible cases of abuse or attacks against soccer players in his national team, he welcomed the fact that the attention of the fans of the sport that he practices is focused on these episodes to highlight them and prevent them from continuing to happen.
And it is that after the victory of the Spanish team in the final for the title of the Women’s Soccer World Cup, a scene attracted the spotlight and caused outrage. During the award ceremony. the goalscorer for the Tuzas from Club de Futbol Pachuca approached the president of the RFEF Luis Rubiales to celebrate.
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Far from celebrating with a slap or high five, the RFEF president took the player by the face and kissed her on the lips. The moment was documented on video and went viral on social networks, a situation that increased the magnitude of her outrage.
The kiss of Luis Rubiales to Jenni Hermoso at the coronation of the Spanish team after winning the Women’s World Cup
In the midst of the scandal, Luis Rubiales tried to give an explanation to justify his actions by arguing that it was a consensual gesture. However, the soccer player herself used her social networks to deny the veracity of her words and classify them as “categorically false and part of the manipulative culture that he himself has generated.”
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“I clarify that at no time did the conversation to which Mr. Luis Rubiales referred to take place and that, far from it, his kiss was consented. In the same way, I want to reiterate, as I did at the time, that this event had not been to my liking,” Hermoso wrote in a statement.
The situation, according to Andrea Pereira, diverted attention from the historic sporting achievement obtained by his country’s team. However, he affirmed that this consequence should have happened some time before, when other cases could have occurred.
Jennifer Hermoso denied the statements of Luis Rubiales (Twitter/@Jennihermoso)
Another of the characters who spoke about the action led by Luis Rubiales against Jennifer Hermoso was the coach of FC Barcelona Femenil, Jonathan Giráldez. In this regard, he reiterated his support for the forward of the Spanish team by stating that the aggression must have some kind of consequence.
“It seems to me that in recent days I have expressed it that they are facts that have to be remedied with consequences. Our absolute support for Jennifer Hermoso and the steps that are taken in the coming days, I hope they will progress and evolve certain behaviors that damage and stain women’s soccer, ”she said.