All in all against Luis Rubiales: football has turned its back on him

All in all against Luis Rubiales: football has turned its back on him

MADRID – Against all odds The president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, did not resign this Friday. He said it loud and clear, as loud as another cry can be heard, the “It’s over,” uttered from many different quarters against the version he gave about the kiss on the mouth of soccer player Jennifer Hermoso which convinced almost no one.

Not even some members of the federation who resigned in a small cascade (those yes), including some of the unit vice presidents.

dozens of messages on the social network X (ex-Twitter) sum up the almost universal surprise of a country eyeing the live broadcast of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Federation this Friday and of course in its President, who is awaiting the announcement that numerous media outlets had already announced: his resignation.

You were wrong. On the contrary, Rubiales has raised his voice on numerous occasions, saying: “I will not resign, I will not resign, I will not resign.” And to later use this rationale: “It was a spontaneous, mutual, euphoric and consensual kiss. ”

A few words that immediately triggered a wave of rejection outside of sports and politics and beyond our borders. A rejection that many have extended to the members of the Federation Assembly, who have repeatedly (almost all) applauded Rubiales’ speech.

There are already those who are talking about a revival of “Me too” in Spanish football (the movement in the United States that began after allegations of sexual abuse against American film producer and manager Harvey Weinstein).​​​

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Mari Paz Vilas is a football player for Levante and her summarized very well in the networks the reaction that Rubiales’ decision to continue as RFEF presidency provoked. “We’re not making progress! I really feel shame and disgrace. What a party should be and should only talk about them, the protagonists, is once again pushed into the background. We didn’t deserve that.”

Among these “they”, Vilas counted the players of the national team, who also used their social media accounts to express themselves.

“This is unacceptable. It’s over,” wrote Golden Bullet Alexia Putellas. “There are limits that must not be crossed” and “we cannot tolerate that,” said Aitana Bonmnatí. “We are with you, partner, with you to the death,” said this player to Jenni Hermoso.

For her part, Cata Coll regretted that 23 footballers were not “the protagonists”. “It’s over,” he wrote in support of Hermoso, the same one that the player Athenea del Castillo expressed with this phrase: “We are with you.”

And more female athletes. “Out of respect for the values ​​of sport. Out of respect for women’s football. Out of respect for women. And the men who fight at their side. Out of respect for football. Enough now! It’s time to change that forever,” Liga F has stressed.

The federation for women in professional sports has gone further and seized the opportunity to file a lawsuit: “I think it’s time to demand a federation of our own. Given that the one we have is only defending their own interests and defending a president like this.”

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That assured Iker Casillas, former captain of the Spanish team, world and European champions He felt “ashamed of others” after seeing the statements made by Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales in the assembly of the organism and his resignation to resign.

“Shame on the others,” Casillas wrote on social media after highlighting what the women’s team had achieved in winning the World Cup, the first in their history, in Australia and New Zealand.

“We’d have to spend those 5 days talking about our girls! About the joy they brought to all of us! Boasting a title that we didn’t have in women’s football but… shame on others,” he published.

It’s the government’s turn

During these controversial days, the government has been waiting for Rubiales’ move, perhaps hoping that he would resign. If he didn’t, the ball would fall into his hands.

Acting Vice President and leader of Sumar, Yolanda Díaz urged him to act and take “urgent action” against Rubiales who “cannot stay in office” after his “unacceptable” speech and the “disgrace” he caused.

In fact, Díaz, along with incumbent ministers Irene Montero and Ione Belarra, and former United We Can parliamentary speaker Pablo Echenique, have been the target of attacks from the still-president of the RFEF, whom he wants to crack down on for what they have done about him said. said these days.

“The government must act and take urgent measures: impunity for macho actions is over. Rubiales cannot remain in office,” wrote Díaz on the social network X, formerly Twitter.

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But what will the government do? Currently, another incumbent Vice President, Teresa Ribera, claims that “everything is in her hands” without giving any details.

Yes, the Secretary of State for Sport and President of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), Víctor Francos, has specified more, who confirmed that his body will report Rubiales this Friday before the Administrative Court of Sport for “very serious” facts and that he is of is suspended from his functions if said authority opens a file on him.


One more day, Acting Minister for Equality, Irene Montero once again emphasized the right to sexual freedom and the only yes is yes.

Likewise, the acting Minister for Social Rights, Ione Belarra, wanted to make it clear that “the consent is not decided by the attacker but by the woman” and has accused Rubiales’ “violent and “mafia-like” discourse that “against a country that already changed, it won’t work.” “Everyone already knows what kind of man he is,” he added.

The government delegate against sexist violence, Victoria Rosell has accused Rubiales of trying to make Jenni Hermoso “a liar and him a victim”.. “It’s over,” he decided.

From within the judiciary, two progressive associations, Judges and Judges for Democracy and the Progressive Union of Prosecutors, have denounced Rubiales’ verbal abuse, arrogance and macho spectacle.


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