It’s been over 14 days since Luis Rubiales kissed Jenni Hermoso on the lips after Spain’s victory in the Women’s World Cup. The Spanish men’s team has come out to criticise Rubiales’ unacceptable behaviour.
On Monday, captain Alvaro Morata read out a statement on the team’s behalf: “We want to reject what we consider to be unacceptable behaviour from Mr. Rubiales, who has not lived up to the institution he represents.
“We stand firmly and clearly on the side of the values that sport represents.
“Spanish football should be a motor of respect, inspiration, inclusion, and diversity and should set an example with its conduct both on and off the pitch.”
Additionally, Morata showed support for “the players who have seen their success tarnished.”
On Friday, Rubiales’ case was started by Spain’s Sport Administrative Tribunal (TAD) for “serious misconduct.”
Outrage over Rubiales’ actions has spread outside of Spain. Standing near Spain’s Queen Letizia and her daughter, 16, he also groped his crotch.
FIFA, the organisation that governs football in the world, has already banned Rubiales from all football-related activity for three months while it looks into the matter.