Jenni Hermoso claims Luis Rubiales of sexual assault for World Cup kiss.

MADRID (AP)— After the Women's World Cup final, Spanish soccer player Jenni Hermoso accused Luis Rubiales of sexual assault for kissing her on the lips without her consent, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Rubiales, the suspended Spanish soccer federation president, kissed Hermoso on the lips during the awards ceremony in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 20 after Spain defeated England to win the title.

Rubiales claims the kiss was voluntary. In remarks, Hermoso and her players' union refuted that.

She also stated the federation urged her and her family to back Rubiales after the kiss scandal damaged her team's victory. 

 The Madrid prosecutors' office said Rubiales could be fined or imprisoned for one to four years under a sexual consent statute established last year.

 The new law legalized all unconsented sexual acts, eliminating the distinction between sexual harassment and assault. 

 The Spanish government, players' unions, and many public support Hermoso. Rubiales, who refuses to resign, has become a soccer outcast.

FIFA suspended Rubiales on Aug. 27 after he refused to resign and gave a belligerent speech to his federation's general congress, calling it a “witch hunt” by “false feminists.” 


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