Spain’s Women’s World Cup winners get matching ‘There’s no summer without a KISS!’ temporary tattoos to make light of FA president’s kiss-gate scandal, as more complaints emerge
Spain’s World Cup stars have showed off matching temporary tattoos referencing the World Cup ‘kiss-gate’ scandal engulfing Spanish football, as more complaints emerge.
Spain women’s side beat England 1-0 in the World Cup final on Sunday but in the post-match celebrations, Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales caused huge controversy by kissing player Jennifer Hermoso on the mouth without consent.
Mail Sport reported on Thursday that Hermoso and FIFPRO have demanded the governing body take action against Rubiales.
And Hermoso and several team-mates have now alluded to the scandal by posting social media pictures of their temporary tattoos while relaxing on a yacht on holiday in Ibiza following their success
Double Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas, Ona Batlle, Teresa Abelleira and Cata Coll and Hermoso made light of the scandal by displaying theirs, uploading images of their temporary inking ‘#NoHayVeranoSinBeso’, which translates to ‘There is no summer without a kiss’.
Alexia Putellas, Ona Batlle (right) and Teresa Abelleira (left) were among the stars with the ink
Spain Women’s World Cup winners have been pictured sporting matching ‘There’s no summer without a kiss’ temporary tattoos to make light of the Spanish FA president’s kiss-gate scandal
Several Spanish stars including Jennifer Hermoso (left) and Alexia Putellas (right) were pictured partying on a boat while on holiday in Ibiza after winning the tournament last Sunday
Hermoso (right) and Misa Rodriguez (left) enjoyed themselves on a yacht on the Spanish island
The 33-year-old Hermoso is trying to enjoy some time off despite the kiss-gate controversy
It is reported the tattoos come from the Beso Beach report in Formentera, a smaller Spanish island near Ibiza.
Prime minister Pedro Sanchez criticised Rubiales and demanded he explain the kiss. Mail Sport‘s Ian Herbert described Rubiales as ‘reptilian’ and ‘creepy’, while it emerged Hermoso rejected the chance to appear in his apology video despite him begging “My position is at stake, do it for my daughters”.
On Wednesday, Rubiales was rocked by damaging new claims. As reported by Spanish outlet El Confidencial, Rubiales now faces accusations that he took a Mexican woman on a six-day work-funded holiday to New York.
He is also alleged to have harassed and humiliated a female colleague, who claimed he asked her about the colour of her underwear and about wearing ‘knee pads’ in meetings when they worked together.
Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales (right) is facing calls to resign after kissing Hermoso on the mouth without her consent after La Roja beat England 1-0 in the World Cup final on Sunday
Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso displayed a new tattoo referencing the World Cup ‘kiss-gate’ scandal
Rubiales was on Wednesday accused of sexual assault.
Attacking midfielder Hermoso, who plays for CF Pachuca, admitted she ‘didn’t like’ it when Rubiales grabbed her and held her in a tight embrace before kissing her on the lips on the celebratory podium after the match, for which he later reluctantly apologised despite initially defending his behaviour.
He also grabbed his crotch in what was described by USA legend Megan Rapinoe as a ‘signal of a deep level of misogyny and sexism’, who insisted his kiss was ‘physical assault’.
Spanish football chief Miguel Ángel Galán filed a complaint to the Prosecutor’s Office in Madrid and the State Attorney General’s Office alleging Rubiales’ actions constituted sexual assault.
Rubiales was also sensationally caught on camera grabbing his crotch in wild scenes next to Queen Letizia and her 16-year-old daughter, Princess Infanta Sofía.
Damning footage circulated on Twitter showing Rubiales’ scandalous celebrating in the stands at Sydney’s Stadium Australia on August 20.
The news came on the same day Mail Sport reported Spain coach Jorge Vilda appeared to grab a female staff member’s breast during the World Cup final celebrations.
Video footage taken seconds after Olga Carmona’s 29th-minute goal against the Lionesses shows the Spanish staff celebrating – and Vilda’s left hand seeming to linger on a female staff member’s breast. There have also been complaints around Vilda’s conduct from players amid allegations he created a controlling environment.