19th May 2024
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Judge confirms Rubiales will stand trial for kiss on player after Women’s World Cup final

A Spanish judge confirmed on Wednesday that the former president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, will stand trial on charges of sexual assault and coercion for kissing player Jenni Hermoso without her consent after last year’s Women’s World Cup final.

Judge Francisco de Jorge had ruled in January that Rubiales’ kiss was ‘unconsented and carried out unilaterally and in a surprising fashion’. Spanish news agency EFE reported that he has now confirmed the charges.

Prosecutors seek a prison sentence of two and a half years for Rubiales for the alleged sexual assault and for allegedly trying to coerce Hermoso to publicly support him amid the public backlash following the World Cup decider in Sydney.

The judge also ruled that former Spain coach Jorge Vilda, the sports director of Spain’s men’s team, Albert Luque, and the federation’s former head of marketing, Rubén Rivera, will also stand trial for trying to pressure Hermoso, EFE said.

The judge in January found sufficient evidence to also believe Rubiales also unsuccessfully pressured Hermoso to appear in a video he produced and published while public outroar grew against him.

A trial date has not been set.

FIFA banned Rubiales for three years until after the men’s 2026 World Cup. His ban will expire before the next women’s tournament in 2027. Spain’s sports authority also ruled him unfit to hold a post in sports management for three years.

ALSO READ: Rubiales denies wrongdoing in probe into Saudi Arabia deal for Spanish Super Cup.

ALSO READ: Spanish prosecutors seek 2.5 year sentence for Rubiales’ World Cup kiss and coercion.

ALSO READ: Rubiales briefly detained at airport on return to Spain in corruption probe.

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