uis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has been ordered to testify before a Spanish judge investigating his kiss on Jenni Hermoso at the Women’s World Cup.
Judge Francisco de Jorge ordered Rubiales to answer his questions Friday at Spain’s National Court in Madrid, according to court documents seen by The Associated Press.
Rubiales kissed Spanish striker Jenni Hermoso during the medal ceremony after the team beat England to win the title in Sydney, Australia. He claimed she consented to the kiss, but Hermoso denied this.
Spanish prosecutors formally accused Rubiales of sexual assault and coercion last week when he pressed them to speak out in his defense immediately after the scandal broke, according to Hermoso.
Rubiales announced on Sunday that he was stepping down from his post, for which he had already been provisionally suspended by FIFA.
De Jorge is conducting the preliminary investigation into the allegations against Rubiales and will then decide whether the case should go to trial.
According to a sexual consent law passed in Spain last year, Rubiales could face a fine or a prison sentence of one to four years if found guilty of sexual assault. The new law eliminated the difference between “sexual harassment” and “sexual assault” and sanctioned any non-consensual sexual act.
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/luis-rubiales-spanish-judge-court-hermoso-kiss-b1106503.html Spanish judge orders Luis Rubiales to be questioned in court this week over Jenni Hermoso’s kiss