UN Human Rights Office insists everyone has a ‘responsibility to call out sexual harassment and abuse’ in statement of support to Jenni Hermoso after Luis Rubiales’ World Cup final kiss
- The Spanish FA asked its president Luis Rubiales to resign with immediate effect
- The chief kissed Jenni Hermoso on the lips following Spain’s World Cup final win
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The UN Human Rights Office has rallied behind Jenni Hermoso and ‘all those working to end abuse and sexism in sport’, after Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales kissed the footballer on the lips after the Women’s World Cup final.
Hermoso revealed last week that she was initially put under ‘continuous pressure’ to defend Rubiales, who has been given a 90-day ban by FIFA, despite insisting that the kiss was not consensual.
The Spanish FA sensationally reversed their decision to back Rubiales after FIFA threatened to ban Spain’s national teams and elite clubs from competing in Europe’s top tournaments.
Spain’s governing body has now asked Rubiales, 46, to resign with immediate effect, saying his ‘unacceptable’ behaviour had caused ‘grave harm to the image of Spanish football’.
The UN expressed their support towards Hermoso in a statement on Tuesday.
FIFA will push for Luis Rubiales (right) to be banned from football for 15 years after he kissed Spain star Jenni Hermoso following the country’s World Cup final victory over England
The UN Human Rights Office rallied behind the Women’s World Cup star and ‘all those working to end abuse and sexism in sport’ in a statement over social media on Tuesday morning
The Spanish FA have performed a U-turn – asking the president to resign with immediate effect
‘Women in sport continue to face sexual harassment and abuse – every one of us has the responsibility to call out and challenge such abuse,’ UN Human Rights tweeted.
‘We join Spain’s Jenni Hermoso and all those working to end abuse and sexism in sport. Make this a turning point.’
Sources involved in the disciplinary process have told Mail Sport that FIFA are pushing for a ban of up to 15 years for Rubiales — the maximum permitted by their statutes.
Should this be approved, the governing body would be allowed to take action against Spanish national sides and clubs if the judgment is contested.
Following a five-hour meeting on Monday, the Spanish FA confirmed they had now asked Rubiales to step down.
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Rubiales says planting a kiss on Hermoso was a consensual act – something the player denies
In another remarkable development on Monday, it emerged that one of Rubiales’ final acts before his suspension last Friday was instructing the Spanish FA to write to UEFA complaining of government interference and asking for the federation to be suspended, which would mean their national teams and clubs would be automatically barred from European competitions.
UEFA rejected the request, however, as the disciplinary process is being handled by FIFA, and now consider the letter to be invalid as Rubiales has since been replaced by an interim president, Pedro Rocha.
FIFA are likely to impose a lengthy ban on Rubiales after being embarrassed by his behaviour following the World Cup final in Sydney, where he also grabbed his crotch despite being just metres away from Spain’s Queen Letizia and her teenage daughter.
On another remarkable day in the saga, it emerged that Rubiales’ mother, Angeles Bejar, began a hunger strike in a church near Malaga in protest of the accusations against her son.
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