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Luis Rubiales Refuses To Resign Over World Cup Remaining Kiss

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The president of the Spanish soccer federation refused to resign Friday regardless of an uproar for kissing a participant on the lips with out her consent after the Ladies’s World Cup last.

Luis Rubiales defiantly advised an emergency common meeting of the federation “I received’t resign” 4 occasions in fast succession and claimed he was a sufferer of a witch hunt by “false feminists.”

Rubiales kissed Jenni Hermoso on the lips through the award ceremony after Spain beat England within the last in Sydney, Australia, marring the title celebrations in entrance of a worldwide viewers.

A number of Spanish media retailers had reported on Thursday that Rubiales was planning to step down.

As a substitute, he stated the kiss was “mutual and with the consent” of Hermoso and painted himself as a sufferer. He acquired varied applause from the overwhelming male meeting.

Luis Rubiales carries Spain’s Athenea del Castillo Beivide on his shoulder following the staff’s Ladies’s World Cup victory.

DAVID GRAY through Getty Pictures

Hermoso had stated in a video streamed on social media after the kiss final Sunday that “I didn’t prefer it, however what can I do.” Later, her gamers’ union issued an announcement on her behalf saying that it could defend her pursuits and make sure that the act “doesn’t go unpunished.”

The federation’s first try to answer the scandal was an announcement it launched within the identify of Hermoso by which she downplayed the incident. Later, an area media report by sports activities web site Relevo.com stated that the federation had coerced her into making the assertion. The federation has denied this to The Related Press.

“The kiss was the identical I may give certainly one of my daughters,” Rubiales stated.

He stated that he would defend his honor in courtroom towards politicians, together with two ministers, who referred to as his kiss an act of sexual violence.

The 46-year-old Rubiales is below immense strain to depart his submit due to his conduct earlier than and through the award ceremony following Spain’s 1-0 victory over England on Sunday.

Since Rubiales turned a nationwide embarrassment, criticism and requires him to go have mounted day after day, with Spain’s performing prime minister, his authorities, gamers’ unions, and at last voices from inside males’s soccer saying he should go. The one related establishment to stay silent has been European soccer physique UEFA, for which Rubiales is a vp. Till Friday’s meeting, he had acquired no public help in Spain.

That transfer by FIFA got here after Spain’s performing prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, stated Rubiales’ try and apologize, which got here after he initially insulted his critics, was unconvincing and that “he should proceed taking additional steps” to be held accountable.

Spain’s Larger Council of Sports activities, the nation’s governing sports activities physique, pledged it could act rapidly to think about varied formal complaints filed towards Rubiales to see if he had damaged Spain’s sports activities legislation or the federation’s personal code of conduct that sanction sexist acts. In that case, Rubiales would face being declared unfit to carry his workplace by Spain’s Administrative Court docket for Sports activities.

Shortly earlier than the kiss, Rubiales grabbed his crotch in a victory gesture with Queen Letizia of Spain and 16-year outdated Princess Sofía standing close by.

Rubiales solely provided an apology for the crotch seize, saying it was in a second of “euphoria” and directed towards Vilda on the sector.

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