Jeanne Hermoso vehemently refuted the president of the troubled Spanish FA’s allegation that their lips-to-lips kiss on Friday was consensual before he steadfastly refused to step down.
Meanwhile, 58 additional Spanish athletes including Hermoso’s fellow 22 world winners have declared they will no longer represent Spain unless Luis Rubiales steps down.
At an urgent FA meeting in Madrid, Rubiales, 46, pretended to be a victim in order to avoid being impeached.
He repeatedly said, “I’m not going to resign,” drawing cheers from the audience, which was largely made up of men.
Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish Football Federation, is pictured on the left with Jorge Verda, the coach of Spain, following the country’s World Cup victory on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 in Madrid, Spain. Shortly after Spain won the Women’s World Cup, the National Football Association of that nation’s president diverted unwelcome attention away from players who were cheering.
As he celebrated Spain’s 1-0 victory over England in the championship game on Monday in Sydney, Australia, Luis Rubiales drew criticism from both the Spanish government and football circles for his unacceptable actions.