Rubiales kiss case, Spain technical staff resigns

Everyone is leaving, except coach Vilda

Women’s World Cup-winning Spain’s coaching staff, with the exception of coach Jorge Vilda, resigned en masse in solidarity with the player Jenni Hermoso, who was kissed on the mouth during the awards ceremony, without her consent, by the president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales.

“The undersigned express their strongest and most categorical condemnation of the behavior held by Luis Rubiales with Jennifer Hermoso”, reads a statement from the group on the social X. The president of the Football Federation, added the members of the staff of the national team, “has told a version of events that in no way reflects the feelings of Jenni Hermoso, who expressly stated that she felt ‘the victim of an assault’. This part of the technical team supports Jennifer Hermoso, supporting her version”.

Among others, the assistants Montse Tome, Javier Lerga and Eugenio Gonzalo Martin, the goalkeeping coach Carlos Sanchez, the match analyst Ruben Jiminez, the physiotherapist Blanca Romero Moraleda, as well as several other members of the staff of teams of other age groups such as the under 19 coach, Sonia Bermudez.

Rubiales, who kissed Hermoso on the lips after Spain beat England 1-0 in Sunday’s World Cup final in Sydney, refused to step down despite pressure and accused Hermoso of lying in claiming that the kiss was not consensual. Today he was provisionally suspended for 90 days by the FIFA disciplinary commission pending the proceedings opened against him. Rubiales will not be able to carry out any activity related to football, nationally or internationally.

After FIFA’s measure, the Spanish Football Federation appointed an interim president and released a statement which reads that “Rubiales has said that he will defend himself before the competent bodies and fully trusts in the work of FIFA, and reiterates that, in this way, he will have the opportunity to begin his defense so that the truth prevails and his full innocence is proven”.

Criticisms of the behavior of the suspended president of the Football Federation have also come from the coach of the men’s national team, Luis de la Fuente. “Luis Rubiales’ behavior did not respect the minimum protocol that must be followed during these celebratory acts. They are neither edifying nor appropriate for a person who represented all of Spanish football. He himself publicly acknowledged the inadequacy of the behavior of he”.