Luis Rubiales has been accused of ‘inappropriately’ touching England’s players after the Women’s World Cup final.
The former Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales has been accused of “inappropriately touching” England players after the Women’s World Cup final.
FA chair Debbie Hewitt alleged that Rubiales “cupped and stroked” Laura Coombs’ face, and “seemingly forcefully kissed Lucy Bronze on her face”. She also claimed that Rubiales’ behaviour during the medal ceremony towards the Spanish players made her “deeply uncomfortable and embarrassed”.
Hewitt’s comments were submitted to FIFA as they investigated Rubiales over his kiss with Spain star Hermoso.
Luis Rubiales has called these allegations “astonishing” and vehemently denied touching Lionesses players ‘inappropriately’ after the Women’s World Cup final.
Rubiales’ response, which was published by FIFA on Wednesday, read: “Applying the same logic she [Hewitt] used. that [hugging] could be understood as a forceful non-consensual physical contact. The hypocrisy is blatant.“
Rubiales has been banned from all football-related activities for three years by FIFA after he allegedly forcibly kissed Jenni Hermoso. He could also face criminal prosecution as the incident is being investigated by a Spanish judge.