April 22, 2024
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The court case involving former Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales and former Spain captain Jenni Hermoso could go to trial following a proposal by a judge.

Rubiales forcibly held Hermoso by the head before kissing her during the presentation after Spain’s Women’s World Cup victory in Australia.

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While Hermoso has insisted that the kiss was “not consensual”, Rubiales has challenged her position.

After months of preliminary hearings, a Madrid-based high court judge has found that there is enough evidence for the matter to proceed to trial.

The judge established that the kiss was “not consensual and… a unilateral and surprising initiative”.

Spanish court regulations requires lawyers involved in such proceedings to make a formal trial request before a court in 10 days.

Rubiales has denied Hermoso’s contention that the kiss was not consensual.

Hermoso, gave a two-hour testimony before the court investigating her allegation for more than two-and-a-half hours earlier in January.

According to Spanish media, she said the kiss was “unexpected and at no time consensual”.

The judge has also said that Hermoso’s former coach Jorge Vilda, former marketing manager Rubén Rivera and the sports director of the men’s team Albert Luque should all stand trial.

They have been implicated for pressuring Hermoso to say publicly the kiss had been consensual.

Rubiales was previously charged by prosecutors with sexual assault and coercion.

In Spain, the penalty for such offences range from a fine to four years in prison.

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