Spanish football federation president Luis Rubiales has been criticised for kissing Jenni Hermoso on the lips after Spain won the Women’s World Cup.
Rubiales kissed Hermoso during the presentation ceremony following Spain’s 1-0 victory over England in Sunday’s final.
During the presentation for the Spanish players to collect their winners’ medal, an excited Rubiales went around hugging and kissing every player on the cheek.
But when he got to the all-time top scorer for FC Barcelona Femení and the Spanish Women’s team, he grabbed her by the head and kissed her on the lips.
Rubiales followed up the kiss with an announcement to the players that a trip to Ibiza, a reward for winning the World Cup would also be a chance to ‘celebrate the wedding of Jenni and Luis Rubiales’.
Hermoso started against England in the World Cup final, missed the chance to score when her second-half penalty was saved by Mary Earps.
However the Spanish star has downplayed the incident after saying “I didn’t like it,”.
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The 33 year old released a statement to the media after the controversial kiss went viral and attracted strong criticism of Spanish FA President.
She released a statement through Spanish press to end the commotion that has been created, insisting there is no need to over analyze a gesture of friendship.
“It was a completely spontaneous mutual gesture due to the immense joy of winning a World Cup.
The president [Rubiales] and I have a great relationship.
There is no need to over analyse a gesture of friendship and gratitude.”
Rubiales has now apologised for kissing Jenni Hermoso on the lips after Spain won the Women’s World Cup.
“I was completely wrong, I have to admit it.
It was without bad intention at a time with a lot of excitement.
In the moment, we saw it as natural, but outside a commotion has formed. I have to apologise, learn from this, and understand that when you are president you have to be more careful.”
Spain beat England 1-0 to win their first time ever Women’s world Cup, and are the first country in women’s football to be the Under-17, Under-20 and the Women’s Champion all at the same time.
Written by: Godstime Egelege-Idama