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Controversy ensues as president of Spanish FA Luis Rubiales kisses Spain players in World Cup celebration

Controversy erupted when the president of the Spanish FA, Luis Rubiales, kissed and embraced players during the medal presentation at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Spain’s women’s team achieved their first World Cup victory by beating England 1-0 in a grand event held in Sydney, Australia.

Olga Carmona’s single goal secured their triumph, while Jennifer Hermoso’s missed penalty in the second half, saved by Mary Earps, did not alter the final result.

The match’s conclusion prompted exuberant celebrations, allowing La Roja to claim the most prestigious of trophies.

Rubiales was present and took part in the post-match ceremonies, which raised some eyebrows.

He was present to offer his congratulations to the members of Jorge Vilda’s team as they received their championship medals from FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

However, his actions have drawn unwanted scrutiny, diverting attention from those who contributed to the historic victory on the field.

Luis Rubiales was captured on camera physically engaging with Spanish players, including Hermoso, who was kissed on the lips during one instance.

The Barcelona striker told Spanish TV afterwards: “Eh…yeah, I did not enjoy that.”

After some unusual pre-match remarks from Infantino regarding the women’s game, Luis Rubiales has managed to shift some of the focus away from what undoubtedly stands as the pinnacle of the careers of all the Spanish players and coaches involved.

This memorable triumph for the team overcame challenges beyond the field and emerged victorious on the grandest of sports platforms.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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