Jennifer Hermoso started against England in the World Cup final on Sunday, but missed the chance to score when her second-half penalty was saved by Mary Earps; Sky Sports News has contacted the Spanish FA for comment
Footage has emerged of Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales embracing and kissing Jennifer Hermoso on the lips during the World Cup final trophy celebrations.
Forward Hermoso, who is Spain’s all-time record scorer, was asked about the incident during an Instagram live video following the trophy ceremony and said “I did not enjoy it”.
In comments given to AFP by the Spanish federation, Hermoso later said: “It was a totally spontaneous mutual gesture because of the immense joy that winning a World Cup brings.
“The president and I have a great relationship, his behaviour with all of us has been outstanding and it was a natural gesture of affection and gratitude.”
Sky Sports News has contacted the Spanish FA for comment.
Hermoso started against England in the World Cup final on Sunday, but missed the chance to score when her second-half penalty was saved by Mary Earps.
‘Reaction in Spain has been polarised’
Spanish football expert Semra Hunter speaking to Sky Sports News about the incident:
“The reaction has been polarised in Spain. Some people felt it was no big deal, that they were both caught up in the moment and it was a snap reaction – they’re defending him in a way.
“But there are other people who’ve said what is he doing, what is he thinking and it’s grossly inappropriate.
“She tried to downplay it to the media by saying they had a great relationship, he’s supported the girls throughout the tournament, he’s really behaved very well and there’s nothing more to it.
“But on social media she said she didn’t really like it. I think we’re not really clear as to how she feels about it.
“If she really does feel uncomfortable about it then we have to look at the wider problem here and why it is that she can’t speak up and be honest about it.
“The reactions here have been completely opposite, in terms of those that are saying it’s not too much of a big deal and others that are absolutely horrified at what they saw and are asking him to step down as the Spanish FA president.”