The president of the English federation (FA), Debbie Hewitt, accused the former president of the Spanish federation, Luis Rubiales, of “inappropriate” behavior with the English players at the trophy ceremony of the last World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Hewitt spoke as a witness in the FIFA disciplinary case against Luis Rubiales for his behavior during the World Cup final between Spain and England, where, in addition to making obscene gestures during the match, he kissed the mouth of the woman without consent. Jenny Hermoso.
In a report published by FIFA, Hewitt, who was next to Rubiales at the medal ceremony, said that the Spaniard’s tone of voice was “bad and unnecessarily aggressive” with FIFA workers before he was accused of inappropriate behavior. with English players.
According to Hewitt, Luis Rubiales “caressed” Laura Coombs’ face and “apparently forcefully kissed” Lucy Bronze on the face.
Regarding the moment when the Spanish players went up to collect their medals, Hewitt noted that he “held them tightly,” some of them “rubbed their backs,” “held their arms,” and “lifted them up from the earth.”.
“It made me uncomfortable and embarrassed,” Hewitt added.
Luis Rubiales responded to Hewitt’s words by assuring that it was something “unbelievable” and accusing him of “being prejudiced” against him, in addition to ensuring that he is a hypocrite because he also embraces players on his team.
“Applying the same logic, their hugs could also be understood as non-consensual physical contact. The hypocrisy is evident,” said Rubiales during the hearing.
Regarding his attitude towards Coombs, he justified it by saying that he tried to comfort her because she was injured during the final; it required stitches on her head, and she was wearing a bandage in that area.
FIFA decided to disqualify Rubiales for three years from taking part in any football activity, following his behavior during the final of the last World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.