Investigation Into Kissing Scandal Involving Former RFEF President Luis Rubiales Heats Up

Witness testimonies and expert hearings have begun in the investigation into the kissing scandal surrounding Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish Football Association RFEF.

According to media reports, a brother and a friend of world champion Jennifer Hermoso confirmed that the 33-year-old player was kissed on the mouth by Rubiales against her will at the World Cup medal ceremony on August 20 in Sydney. They also alleged that RFEF officials pressured the player to exonerate Rubiales.

Investigating judge Franco de Jorge interviewed two lip-reading experts in Madrid, who analyzed television images and suggested that Rubiales may have asked Hermoso, “Un besito?” (“A kiss?”) before the kiss occurred. As Hermoso had her back to the cameras, it is unclear how she responded to this.

Further hearings are scheduled for Thursday and the following Monday, including testimonies from three players of the world champion team: Alexia Putellas, Irene Paredes, and Misa Rodríguez.

Rubiales had previously been questioned on September 15th and was ordered to stay at least 200 meters away from Hermoso and refrain from any contact with her. Rubiales claims that Hermoso had agreed to the kiss after their victory over England, while Hermoso maintained that she felt like a victim of an unwanted and inappropriate act.

Judge de Jorge will decide whether Rubiales should stand trial at the State Court, with experts suggesting that he could face a prison sentence of up to four years.

This investigation has gained significant attention due to its implications regarding consent and appropriate conduct in professional sports.

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