The president of the Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales found himself at the center of media attention after a surprising gesture following his victory at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The event marked Spain’s first win of the tournament, which saw Rubiales share a moment of glee with Spanish midfielder Jenni Hermoso.
Amid the celebratory atmosphere, Rubiales was photographed kissing Hermoso on the lips during the medal ceremony following Spain’s 1-0 win over England. The image quickly went viral on social media platforms, sparking both admiration and criticism from the public.
Hermoso, who initially commented “I don’t like it” during a candid Instagram live after the game, later explained that the gesture was an expression of pure affection. She attributes this unexpected moment to the sheer joy of winning the coveted World Cup. “It was a completely spontaneous joint gesture because of the immense joy that winning the World Cup brings,” Hermoso explained in comments shared by the Spanish federation.
Referring to the closeness between her and Rubiales, Hermoso referred to their strong bond, which characterized the president’s behavior in general as “outstanding”. She stressed that the gesture was a natural expression of their close friendship and gratitude, AFP reported.
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Spain’s Women’s World Cup campaign is not without its drama, as controversies surround the federation’s handling of certain issues and their relationship with coach Jorge Vilda. and the players. Before the tournament, a group of famous players opposed the formation of the national team, but in the end, some of them changed their stance.
Hermoso, who traded with Mexican side Pachuca, went through a chorus of emotions in the final, missing a penalty but still contributing to Spain’s victory thanks to their only goal, recorded by Olga Carmona. After the game, Hermoso was clearly emotional, speaking in tears about their victory and the team’s uncompromising performance.
(With AFP input)
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Updated: August 21, 2023, 09:27 AM IST