Women’s World Cup As Spanish Federation President Suspended For Forced Kiss

Women's World Cup As Spanish Federation President Suspended For Forced Kiss_Luis Rubiales speaking during a meeting

In a stun­ning turn of events, the pres­i­dent of the Span­ish soc­cer fed­er­a­tion has been slapped with an imme­di­ate 90-day sus­pen­sion by FIFA as the gov­ern­ing body inves­ti­gates alle­ga­tions of misconduct.

Luis Rubiales finds him­self in hot water after force­ful­ly kiss­ing star Jen­nifer Her­moso on the lips dur­ing the World Cup tro­phy cer­e­mo­ny, an unwant­ed advance that has sparked outrage.

Despite her pub­lic objec­tions and threats of a team boy­cott, Rubiales refused to step down dur­ing an emer­gency meet­ing. But FIFA brought the ham­mer down hard, sus­pend­ing the embat­tled exec­u­tive to send a mes­sage that such brazen abuse of pow­er will not be tolerated.

The con­tro­ver­sial kiss that rocked the soc­cer world was caught on video for all to see. A jubi­lant Rubiales grabbed a stunned Her­moso and plant­ed one on her lips, a clear vio­la­tion of her consent.

“I want to clar­i­fy that, as seen in the images, at no time did I con­sent to the kiss he gave me and, of course, in no case did I try to lift the pres­i­dent,” a defi­ant Her­moso declared.

With the wom­en’s team tak­ing a coura­geous stand, FIFA had no choice but to act swift­ly. But many ques­tions remain unan­swered as the inves­ti­ga­tion into this shock­ing scan­dal con­tin­ues to unfold.

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