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Luis Rubiales faces criticism after kissing midfielder on the lips, grabbing genitals post-win

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 21, 2023. 05:39 pm UPDATED: Aug 21, 2023. 05:39 pm

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The recent Women’s World Cup victory of Spain has been clouded by an unanticipated and embarrassing incident involving the nation’s football president, Luis Rubiales. As the country basks in the glory of their victory, social media is ablaze with debates about Rubiales’ actions after the victory.

Deliberations about proper conduct, professionalism, and respect in the sporting sphere have been sparked by the incident, which involves a kiss on the lips and a gesture involving his genitalia.

A moment that should have been joyful turned awkward as the Spanish women’s football team celebrated their gold medal victory over England in the Women’s World Cup final.

Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation, became the subject of debate after kissing Jenni Hermoso in the middle of the pitch. The incident, which was caught on camera, immediately attracted attention and quickly became a topic of discussion among viewers and fans.

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The way Rubiales appeared to grab Hermoso’s head during the kiss added to the awkwardness of the situation. Particularly in such a high-stakes and emotionally charged setting, the gesture raised concerns about boundaries and proper conduct. Hermoso expressed her discomfort with the situation but stood up for Rubiales, claiming that the action was an unplanned expression of everyone’s post-victory joy.

As word of the incident spread, social media platforms were inundated with both negative and positive comments. Some users brought up Rubiales’ past—including a case that is still pending over an alleged assault on a woman in 2017—and questioned FIFA’s role in dealing with his conduct. The incident sparked discussions on the bigger problem of upholding professionalism and respecting players’ personal space in festive settings.

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Hermoso’s defense of Rubiales provided insight into their cordial friendship and his conduct with the team. Hermoso insisted that her attention is on the team’s resounding victory rather than the fallout from the contentious gesture in spite of the online criticism.

The player’s point of view sheds light on her experience, but the incident has sparked broader debates about the wider ramifications of similar behaviors in the sports industry.

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