Jenny Hermoso denies kiss was consensual and players quit national team if Rubiales continues

Jenny Hermoso denies that she consented to kiss Luis Rubiales. “I want to make it clear that at no time did I consent to the kiss he gave me and at no point did I try to elevate the president.” I will not tolerate my words being questioned, let alone inventing words that I did not say,” she said in a statement released by the Futpro union and distributed by the Visibilitas women’s soccer website. In the statement, all players of the national team say that they refuse to return to the national team until there are changes in the management. The announcement came hours after Luis Rubiales appeared before the Spanish Football Federation’s assembly, where he refused to resign, blamed feminism and insisted that Jenny Hermoso was the one who approached him.

If Rubiales was convinced in this morning’s appearance that Hermoso’s kiss was “one-sided and consensual,” Hermoso now reveals that “as seen in the pictures” that was not the case and that he “never” consented to the kiss. ““I don’t tolerate my word being questioned, especially when they invent words that I didn’t say,” he emphasizes. On Monday, the federation released a statement crediting Hermoso with a few words in which he assessed what had happened. According to “Relevo” media outlet, however, the federation invented this reaction from the player, which was denied by the Rubiales presiding body. It seems that the player now confirms that these statements did not come from his mouth.

All players of the current team sign a statement supporting Jenny Hermoso and refusing to return to the national team “if the current leaders continue”. The 23 world champions are joined by almost 50 players or former players such as Vero Boquete, Sandra Panios, Mapi Leon or Natalia Pablos and some historic female footballers such as Carmen Arce Cubalita. Among those who subscribed to the text are 15 players who sent an email to the federation a year ago complaining about some events that affected their health and announced their withdrawal from the national team under these circumstances. After some changes, seven of them asked to return and only three were called up for this World Cup: Ona Battle, Aitana Bonmat and Mariona Caldentay.

The triumph of the women’s national team of sporting and social importance undermined the forced kiss that the president of the federation gave to football player Jenny Hermoso at the medal ceremony. Discomfort over the incident spread worldwide that week, prompting Luis Rubiales to record a decaf apology video, adding fuel to the fire. Reactions and actions followed each other during the week. Adding to the social and political rebuke were three complaints against Luis Rubiales before the Supreme Sports Council and communiques from the Jenny Hermoso Union, Futpro and the Women’s League demanding strong action against Rubiales.

However, on Friday morning, the president of the federation refused to resign and launched a speech that railed against feminism and focused on Jenny Hermoso. Shortly after his speech, feedback from the players of the national team started on the social network. The first was Alexia Putelas, two-time Ballon d’Or winner: “This is unacceptable. It ended. With you, partner Jenny Hermoso”. Aitana Bonmati continued – “There are limits that cannot be crossed and we cannot accept it.” We are with you, partner” – or Athena del Castillo. Also the goalkeeper Cata Coll: “What a pity that 23 players are not the main characters… it’s over!” With you until death, Jenny Hermoso.”

Olga Carmona, Irene Paredes, Misa Rodríguez, Ona Battle, Laia Codina, Mariona Caltenday and Alba Redondo posted messages along the same lines. Other relevant players who played for the national team, such as Vicky Losada or Natalia Pablos, also spoke. A collective reaction was brewing.

Already this Monday during the celebration in Madrid, some of the most relevant players of the national team, such as Alexia Putelas or Aitana Bonmat, did not want to talk. The faces and attitudes of some of them, avoiding Rubiales or keeping their distance from Wilda, spoke volumes.

15 o’clock rebellion

Among the expressions of support for Jenny Hermoso and the national team, several international football representatives stood out this week, e.g. Megan RapinoeFormer captain of the US national team. Rapinoe labeled Rubiales’ gesture as part of football’s “misogyny and sexism”. Think about everything the Spanish team has had to endure: some of the players who showed last year [para protestar contra los malos tratos] They are not in the team yet,” he said.

Rapinoe was referring to the mutiny of 15 national team players who were sent one by one just a year ago. Same email to inform the federation that due to “recent events” their health had been affected and therefore they were not “in a position” to be eligible players. The players’ letters indicated serious internal conflict, but did not specify the specific facts they were protesting.

“I would like to inform you that due to the recent events and the situation in the Spanish national team, which you know, has a significant impact on my emotional state and therefore on my health. Because of all this, I don’t see myself in a position to be a selection player for our team at the moment and therefore ask that I not be called up until the situation changes. My commitment to the team in the past, present and future has been, is and will be absolute,” they said.

Rubiales’ reaction was very critical of the players and instead supported Vilda. Then the sports press named the players Blackmailers and capricious. However, after meetings and approaches, in May this year eight of those 15 players sent a new email to announce their availability. The federation made it a condition of returning to the team to communicate through the same channel they used to communicate their discomfort. Only three of them were eventually called by Wilda: Ona Battle, Aitana Bonmat and Mariona Caldentei. Another seven decided not to ask for their return.

The players were able to improve some conditions, for example, having a nutritionist for the first time and having more physiotherapists, flying on charter flights or a reconciliation plan that allows them to be close to family and loved ones and share with each other. with them during the World Cup. However, most of the players who chose not to send the emails requested by the federation remained silent during this World Cup.

Source: El Diario

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