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Jenni Hermoso opens up about the Rubiales scandal in the first interview post the incident

In her first press conference since the incident involving Luis Rubiales at the Women’s World Cup, Spain forward Jenni Hermoso addressed the issue.

The former president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, was involved in a scandal after forcefully kissing Hermoso following Spain’s World Cup triumph last summer.

Hermoso has testified in a case that will proceed to trial, with former La Roja coach Jorge Vilda also implicated. Despite the challenges she has faced, Hermoso, who now plays for Tigres, acknowledges that playing football has provided her with a form of escapism.

Hermoso told reporters on Tuesday: “My last press conference was before the semi-final, a lot of time has passed, a lot of things. I wouldn’t know what to say to this team because I’m sure that anything I say to them would be wrong. I’m happy, I feel good. Football continues to give me the life I need. I want to keep enjoying the national team, Tigres and I’m working to keep enjoying this sport. It has changed a lot of things for me. Football-wise and personally I’ve been able to change a lot, but it has made me a stronger girl. I’m proud of everything I’ve done and will continue to do. It’s been a long, hard process, of understanding a lot of things, of getting to know others.”

Jenni Hermoso: Spain are making history in a short time

On Friday, Hermoso was among the three players who scored as Spain secured a spot in the Nations League final with a commanding 3-0 victory over the Netherlands.

On the opportunity to add to their World Cup crown in Wednesday’s final against France, the Tigres forward added: “We are making a lot of history in a short time. What better for a team to feel like world champions. We have a beautiful ambition and tomorrow we have the chance to win another title. The team is getting better and better. We have a clear idea of what we want to do and the players enjoy it, they want the ball and are more aware of what they can become. Maybe that’s where we’ve changed. Before we didn’t believe in it as much as we do now. We have evolved individually and as a group we have managed to become world champions.”

Hermoso’s sentiments regarding football serving as a means of escape resonate with her recent expressions of gratitude towards the support she received from “thousands of players” during a challenging personal ordeal. Despite the controversy surrounding her, she aims to leave it behind and let her performance on the field speak for itself – a sentiment she demonstrated on Friday. She looks forward to showcasing her skills once again when Spain faces France in the Nations League final on Wednesday.

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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