Spain’s soccer chief apologises for World Cup kiss

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Spain’s soccer chief apologises for World Cup kiss

The chief of the Spanish soccer federation has apologized for kissing player Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the Women’s World Cup victory celebrations. The incident occurred as federation president Luis Rubiales presented the team with gold medals after their 1-0 win against England in the final. Rubiales acknowledged his mistake and stated that it was not done with bad intentions. However, he declined to comment further on the incident, emphasizing the need to celebrate the victory. Hermoso expressed her discomfort with the kiss in a video posted on social media but later downplayed the incident, stating that it was a spontaneous gesture of affection and gratitude. Rubiales was also seen kissing other players on the cheek and embracing them during the medal hand-out. The incident has sparked criticism from government ministers and media commentators, with calls for Rubiales’ resignation. Acting Second Deputy Prime Minister Yolanda Diaz argued that the kiss constituted an attack on a woman and called for Rubiales to step down. Acting Culture and Sports Minister Miquel Iceta described the kiss as unacceptable and demanded an explanation and apology from Rubiales. Acting Gender Equality Minister Irene Montero condemned the non-consensual kiss as a form of sexual violence that should not be normalized. An opinion column in a prominent newspaper also criticized the incident as an invasion of privacy and aggression. Initially, Rubiales dismissed the criticism, referring to the critics as idiots. However, he later apologized to those who called him out. Gender issues are a significant topic in Spain, and the incident has added to the ongoing discussions surrounding consent and women’s rights.

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