The President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, is facing criticism for kissing Spain midfielder Jennifer Hermoso on the lips after her team’s Women’s World Cup final victory over England.
⚠️⚠️ ATENCIÓN ⚠️⚠️
NO COMPARTAS ESTE VIDEO de Rubiales agarrando a Jennifer Hermoso para darle un pico.
Nadie dice que lo de agarrar de la cabeza sea porque ella seguramente no quiera dárselo y asegurar su presa.
Rubiales no quiere que se siga difundiendo.
Repito: NO COMPARTAS pic.twitter.com/B7QS5t6FlE
— DonFregaos (@DonChalecos2) August 20, 2023
The incident occurred during the FIFA awards ceremony, with Rubiales embracing Hermoso and kissing her on the lips, which was captured on video.
Hermoso expressed her discomfort with the kiss on an Instagram live video, and others also criticized Rubiales’ behavior.
He defended the gesture, saying it was a moment of affection without importance. Rubiales also kissed other Spanish players during the post-match celebrations.
The incident has sparked controversy and debate. Hermoso’s agent and the RFEF’s press officer had not commented on the situation at the time of reporting.
Spain Clinches Historic Women’s World Cup Title with Victory Over England
In a remarkable turn of events, Spain secured their maiden Women’s World Cup championship just under a year following a player rebellion. They triumphed with a 1-0 victory over England, thanks to Olga Carmona’s first-half goal.
This victory marked a historic achievement as La Roja became the first team to concurrently hold the under-17, under-20, and senior world titles in women’s football. Spain’s feat further solidified their status as a powerhouse in the sport and, notably, they joined Germany as the only two nations to have won both the men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup tournaments.
As the final whistle blew, the Spanish players celebrated in a jubilant pile in front of their goal. Their elation continued on the field until the trophy presentation, where they kissed the coveted trophy and raised their arms in triumph, while golden glitter cascaded from above.
The England team, known as the Lionesses, had aspired to bring a Women’s World Cup back to England for the first time since the iconic 1966 men’s World Cup victory. However, despite their commendable efforts, they narrowly missed achieving their goal.
England captain Millie Bright acknowledged the exceptional qualities of the Spanish team and praised her own team’s second-half effort, but ultimately expressed the difficulty of falling short in football’s competitive arena.