Former Spanish Football Federation Head Faces Prison Sentence for Sexual Assault Allegations

Luis Rubiales may face jail time for kissing during World Cup

Prosecutors in Spain are seeking a two-and-a-half year prison sentence for Luis Rubiales, the former head of Spain’s football federation. This is in response to an incident where he kissed female footballer Jenni Hermoso without her consent following Spain’s World Cup victory. Hermoso and her teammates expressed that the kiss was unwanted and demeaning.

Rubiales, who has denied any wrongdoing, faces charges of sexual assault and coercion for the non-consensual kiss. 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. Durantez has also accused former coach Jorge Vilda, current sporting director Albert Luque, and head of marketing Ruben Rivera of coercing Hermoso into saying the kiss was consensual.

The controversy surrounding this incident overshadowed a historic moment for Spain’s women’s team, which had just won its first World Cup title. The incident sparked calls for changes to be made within women’s football in Spain. If convicted, all three men could face up to 18 months in jail each. Furthermore, Durantez is also seeking €100,000 in damages to be paid to Hermoso by the four men, with Rubiales responsible for at least half of this amount. Additionally, she has requested a restraining order for Rubiales preventing him from coming within 200m of Hermoso and from communicating with her for the next seven-and-a-half years.

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