Luis Rubiales

president of the Spanish Football Association

is being slammed by major foreign media after kissing a player from his country in a surprise manner after winning the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Spanish women’s football team beat England 20-1 in the final of the tournament at Stadium Australia in Sydney


on Oct. 0 to win their first-ever title.

During the awards ceremony immediately after the game

Rubiales hugged midfielder Henifer Hermoso on the podium

holding his face with his hands and kissing him.


a video of Hermoso laughing at a question about a live event in the locker room on Instagram but revealing that he “didn’t feel good” was shared on social media such as X (formerly Twitter) and caused a stir.

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President Rubiales came to the locker room and joked with him.

A jubilant Rubiales said the association would take the squad to their home resort island of Ibiza.

Then he and Hermoso, who was standing next to him

said that the wedding would be held there

and then he laughed and applauded.

In response

the players shouted

“Ibiza! Ibiza!” I rejoiced in the chorus.

As the controversy grew


through the Spanish Football Federation

slammed Rubiales

saying it was “an expression of intimacy

according to AFP news agency.

Winning the World Cup brought me a lot of joy and it was a natural move

Hermoso said

adding that he has no problem with his relationship with the president.

President Rubiales also said in an interview with Radio Marca:

Kissing Hermoso? Everybody talks stupid

he said

explaining that he didn’t mean anything.


Spain’s leading daily newspaper El País reported that ‘Hermoso did not like Rubiales’ kiss.

So are we,’ setting up a day of criticism.

“The president of the Spanish Football Association can say that it was a misunderstanding

but suddenly kissing (someone else’s) mouth is an ‘attack

El País said, adding:

The ‘thief kiss’ doesn’t always come as a surprise and a pleasant surprise.

On the contrary, it is an infringement.”

The New York Times

a leading U.S. daily

went one step further and linked Chairman Rubiales’ actions to a more structural issue of gender discrimination.

It’s reminiscent of the nasty sexist behavior that has plagued women’s football

the New York Times wrote

pointing to the “dark history

of the Spanish women’s national team.

This is a reference to coach Ignacio Kereda

who has been in charge of the Spanish women’s national team since 1988.

After a backlash from players accusing them of treating them as “young women” rather than mature adults

Kereda was expelled in 2015.

Rubiales has been at the center of several controversies surrounding the Spanish women’s national team.

In September last year, 9 of Spain’s leading players suddenly protested against the current head coach

Jorge Bilda’s coaching style

saying it was coercive, and announced their intention to boycott.

Despite the players’ opposition

it was Rubiales who showed unwavering trust in Bilda.

With the support of the association

Bilda eventually left 15 players out of the squad

but he led the team to victory.

On the other hand

President Rubiales has emphasized his support for female athletes in public appearances.

In an interview with Yonhap News Agency during his visit to South Korea in March

he said, “I want the women’s team to be the best in the world in 12-3.

We are also supporting the medical staff and other staff at the same level as the men’s team,” he said, adding, “The goal of Spanish football is for the men’s and women’s national teams to move forward side by side without feeling discriminated against.”

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