Luis Rubiales may face jail time for kissing during World Cup

Shocking Revelations: The Controversial Kiss that Threatens to Upend Women’s Football in Spain

The non-consensual kiss that former head of Spain’s football federation Luis Rubiales gave to female footballer Jenni Hermoso during the team’s World Cup victory has led to serious charges against him. Prosecutor Marta Durantez has accused Rubiales of one count of sexual assault and one count of coercion, each carrying jail terms of one year and one-and-a-half years, respectively.

Rubiales, who has denied any wrongdoing, faces these charges for his behavior towards Hermoso. However, Durantez has also accused former coach Jorge Vilda, current sporting director Albert Luque and head of marketing Ruben Rivera of coercing Hermoso into saying that the kiss was consensual. These three men have denied any wrongdoing when they appeared in court.

If convicted, each of them could face up to 18 months in jail. In addition to this, Durantez is seeking €100,000 in damages to be paid to Hermoso by the four men. She has also requested a restraining order for Rubiales that prevents him from coming within 200m of Hermoso and from communicating with her for the next seven-and-a-half years.

The controversy surrounding this incident overshadowed a historic moment for Spain’s women’s team which had just won its first World Cup title. This incident sparked calls for changes to be made within women’s football in Spain as it brought attention to sexism in sports.

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