Jenni Hermoso, a current Pachuca Femenil player, issued a statement denying Luis Rubiales kissing the President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation at the medal ceremony for the 2023 World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia. In addition, the football world champions call for structural changes in the RFEF in the same statement.
“I want to clarify that at no time did I consent to the kiss he gave me, and in no instance did I attempt to uplift the President. I will not condone my word being questioned, much less inventing words I didn’t say,” says Jenni Hermoso.
“We want to finish this communiqué, which calls for real changes, both sporting and structural, to help ensure that the absolute selection continues to grow in order to be able to pass on this great success to later generations,” say the players.
Statement of the players of the national team
Due to the events of this morning and given the confusion surrounding the speech of the President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Mr. Luis Manuel Rubiales Bájar, the players of the senior national team, recent world champions, have expressed their support to Jennifer Hermoso. They want their resolute and clear condemnation of behavior that has violated the dignity of women.
In light of the statements made by the President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Jennifer Hermoso would like to flatly deny that she consented to the kiss Don Luis Manuel Rubiales Bjar gave her in the World Cup final. “I want to clarify that at no time, as can be seen in the pictures, did I consent to the kiss he gave me, and of course, in no case did I try to educate the President. I will not tolerate my word being questioned, let alone made-up words I didn’t say,” says Hermoso.
We would like to emphasize this from our union No woman should feel the need to react to the powerful images that everyone has seen And of course, they should not engage in non-consensual behavior, as the players state in FutPro’s statement.
The players of the Spanish football team, current world champions, expect vigorous responses from the public authorities so that such acts do not go unpunished.