Jenni Hermoso and Spain women players lash out against Luis Rubiales

Jenni Hermoso, Spain soccer player world champion a few days ago in Sydney, was the victim of the non-consensual kiss given by the President of the Spanish Soccer federation Luis Rubiales

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Jenni Hermoso and Spain women players lash out against Luis Rubiales
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Jenni Hermoso, Spain soccer player world champion a few days ago in Sydney, was the victim of the non-consensual kiss given by the President of the Spanish Soccer federation Luis Rubiales. The strong soccer player explained: "My players' union and I are working to ensure that acts like the ones we have witnessed do not go unpunished, are sanctioned and the necessary measures are taken to protect players from actions we deem unacceptable." Her Spanish soccer player colleagues sided with Jenni.

Jenni Hermoso and Spain women players lash out against Luis Rubiales

In a statement, the players explained: "Following the events that occurred this morning and given the perplexity over the speech given by the president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Manuel Rubiales Béjar, the players of the senior national team, world champions, support Jennifer Hermoso and want to express their firm and absolute condemnation for behaviors that have violated the dignity of women.

In the light of the statements of the president of the Spanish Football Federation, Jennifer Hermoso decisively denies having given consent to the kiss that Rubiales Béjar gave her after the World Cup final. We want to emphasize that no woman should feel the need to respond to the strong images that the whole world has seen and, of course, should not be involved in non-consensual attitudes.

We expect strong responses from the public authorities so that actions such as those contained do not go unpunished. We want to conclude by asking for real changes, both sporting and structural, which help the national team continue to grow, to pass on this great success to subsequent generations.

It fills us with sadness that such an unacceptable event manages to overshadow the greatest sporting success of Spanish women's football. After everything that happened during the Women's World Cup, we would like to clarify that all the players who sign this letter will not return to play for the national team if the current president remains in office."

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