Spain’s former soccer federation boss Luis Rubiales has denied allegations of sexual assault and coercion filed by nationwide group participant and World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso, throughout a preliminary court hearing on Friday.
Hermoso’s allegations come on the backdrop of Rubiales’ controversial kiss on the lips of the participant throughout celebrations following the Ladies’s World Cup closing recreation final month.
State prosecutors, in the meantime, requested a restraining order towards Rubiales, which might stop him from getting inside 500 meters (about 550 yards) of Hermoso.
What occurred throughout the listening to?
Prosecutors additionally referred to as for committing Rubiales to a court docket check-in each 15 days to make sure he doesn’t flee the nation.
The hourlong listening to passed off on the Nationwide Courtroom and was closed to the general public. Neither Rubiales nor his protection lawyer, Olga Tubau, made statements to the media outdoors the court docket.
The choose must determine whether or not to send the former federation chief to trial.
If discovered responsible of a sexual assault cost, Rubiales could possibly be sentenced to jail for a time period between one and 4 years.
An undesirable kiss
Rubiales held Hermoso’s head with each fingers and kissed her on the lips through the medal ceremony that adopted Spain’s 1-0 win over England within the closing of the Ladies’s World Cup in Australia on August 20.
Hermoso, who final week filed a complaint towards him, mentioned the kiss had left her feeling “weak and just like the sufferer of an assault,” with an announcement on social media describing it as “an impulsive, macho act, misplaced and with no sort of consent on my half.”
Rubiales rejected accusations of sexual assault, insisting the kiss was “spontaneous, mutual, euphoric and consensual.” However, he introduced final week quitting his position as president of the Spanish Soccer Federation below mounting strain.
World soccer governing physique FIFA suspended the 46-year-old Rubiales from his put up on August 27 for 90 days, pending an investigation.
Ladies footballers preserve strike
Gamers on the Spanish girls’s soccer group maintained a strike introduced final month in response to the Rubiales kiss. The gamers mentioned on Friday they may proceed to reject nationwide group call-ups till extra modifications on the federation are made.
The announcement got here as newly named coach Montse Tome was scheduled to announce on Friday her squad for 2 upcoming video games towards Sweden and Switzerland later this month for the Nations League.
The gamers would launch an announcement afterward Friday outlining the modifications they nonetheless anticipate to see earlier than they will return, Spanish media reported.
Some 81 gamers signed final month a letter saying they might boycott the nationwide group till important modifications had been made on the head of the federation. They included the 23 world champions.
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