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Former Spanish Boss to stand trial over World Cup kiss

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The former president of the Spanish football association will go on trial for allegedly kissing Women’s World Cup player Jenni Hermoso without her consent.

During the FIFA World Cup last year, a kiss that Hermoso described as “unwanted” made headlines throughout the world.

Despite being compelled to step down, Rubiales has maintained his innocence.
Rubiales was also charged with coercion, according to a Spanish High Court judge on Wednesday.

The incident cast a shadow over a momentous occasion for the Spanish women’s team, who were on August 20, 2023, enjoying their first-ever World Cup victory.

Rubiales put his hands around Hermoso’s head and kissed her during the trophy presentation ceremony.
It was seen by billions of people globally, which led to a national sexism debate in Spain and a strong backlash.
Rubiales, 46, has vehemently denied any misconduct, claiming he was the victim of a “social assassination” and that the kiss was consensual.
Hermoso and her colleagues, however, insisted that it was unwelcome and humiliating.

Rubiales faces one count of sexual assault, which carries a prison term of a year.

He will also be tried for coercion alongside the former coach of the women’s national team, Jorge Vilda, the team’s current sporting director, Albert Luque, and the federation’s head of marketing, Ruben Rivera.

All four men, who have denied wrongdoing, are accused of trying to pressure Hermoso into saying the kiss was consensual.

They could each face up to 18 months in jail if convicted.

The trial will be held at the Audiencia Nacional in Madrid. The date has not yet been confirmed.

According to AFP news, the court has set a bail of €65,000 (NZ$116,000) for Rubiales’s sexual assault charge, which must be paid within 24 hours to cover “any civil liabilities he may be ordered to pay”.

In relation to the allegations of coercion, Rubiales, Vilda, Luque, and Riveria are collectively required to pay an additional bond of €65,000.

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