Spanish soccer boss Luis Rubiales, who sparked outrage by forcibly kissing world champion Jenni Hermoso, now faces sanctions from authorities in his country after being suspended by Fifa.
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Seized by the Spanish government, the Administrative Court for Sports (TAD) met at 1:00 p.m. (11:00 GMT) to rule on the executive’s complaint against Rubiales, we learned from this body.
If it opens a procedure, the Higher Sports Council (CSD), a government body, may then suspend the president of the federation (RFEF) until the case is judged on the merits.
The president of the CSD, Victor Francos, must speak to the press from 6:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. GMT) to reveal the measures that his body intends to take against Rubiales. Aged 46, he was suspended on Saturday by Fifa “from all football-related activity at national and international level” for 90 days.
The case, already dubbed the “#MeToo of Spanish football” and which eclipsed the world title of La Roja Feminine, caused a wave of indignation in Spain but also abroad.
Several men’s and women’s football teams across the country displayed banners or T-shirts with the inscription #SeAcabo (let’s end it) to demand an end to impunity for sexist acts and sexual violence, a slogan that has gone viral on social networks.
The convictions have gone beyond the world of football, with Spanish basketball legend Pau Gasol, and sports with Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman.
In a country considered very advanced in terms of women’s rights, the government of socialist Pedro Sanchez is particularly virulent against Luis Rubiales.
“Faced with a non-consensual kiss”, considered in the Spanish Penal Code as a sexual assault, “the government has an obligation to act”, said Monday the Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, on Cadena Ser radio. .
“It is very important that Rubiales does not remain in office,” she added, referring to “millions of other non-consensual kisses, non-consensual touching at work which unfortunately go unpunished.”
The government’s number three, Yolanda Diaz, announced the filing of another complaint before the CSD to demand that the federation respect the law on gender parity in its management bodies, which is a “key against machismo structural”.
Minutes after La Roja won the World Cup final against England on August 20, Rubiales threw Spanish football into chaos by kissing Jenni Hermoso on the mouth during the medal ceremony in Sydney .
His refusal, against all odds, to resign on Friday despite intense pressure shocked as did his violent speech against a supposed “false feminism”.
The former defender insists that this kiss was “consensual”. “She was the one who picked me up and took me in her arms. (…) I asked her “a little smack” and she said “okay”, “he said.
A version categorically denied by the world champion who said she felt “vulnerable and the victim of an aggression, an impulsive and sexist act, inappropriate and without any consent on my part”.
Denouncing the “harassment”, of which Luis Rubiales would be the victim, his mother began a hunger strike in a church in Motril (south), Vanessa Ruiz Bejar, a cousin of the president of the federation, told the press.
In the process of applying for the organization of the 2030 World Cup with Portugal and Morocco, the RFEF convened an extraordinary meeting of the presidents of the regional federations on Monday, a source close to AFP confirmed. According to several media, this meeting should start at 4:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. GMT).
The body is under pressure as the 23 players of La Roja refuse to play under the current management and six members of the management of the women’s selection resigned on Saturday.
The president of the Women’s Professional Football League, Beatriz Alvarez, on Monday called on all the leaders of the federation who applauded Luis Rubiales’ speech on Friday to resign.