England star Lucy Bronze has demanded immediate reforms following the Luis Rubiales scandal, which has sent shockwaves through women’s football.
Bronze expressed her solidarity with Jenni Hermoso and emphasized that the incident involving the Spanish federation president’s unwanted kiss after Spain’s victory represented a significant opportunity for transformation in women’s football.
The Barcelona star wrote: “It is a bigger issue than just one kiss and that’s what we need to remember. Players have been fighting against so many things in the women’s game for so long and not just in Spain.”
“It is a huge moment to make change in women’s football. Winning the European Championship last year made the biggest change the English women’s game has ever seen. Success brings a voice.”
“So after winning the World Cup, you would hope Spain have that. We can be the leaders of change now, the female and male players who support Jenni.”
Bronze concluded: “So listen to us and I’m optimistic we can find a way to make women’s football globally a more comfortable place to be. I’m ready for the fight.
Bronze’s perspective holds significant influence, and her familiarity with the Spanish football scene provides her with valuable insights into the numerous concerns players had already raised with the federation, predating Rubiales‘ behavior – which has now become a subject for legal authorities following Hermoso’s formal complaint to the Spanish state attorney this week.