Allegations Against Former RFEF President: A Closer Look
The Court Hearings: Family Members Confirm Pressures
The investigation into the alleged inappropriate behavior of former Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales continues as National Court Judge Francisco De Jorge recently heard statements from the brother and a friend of footballer Jennifer Hermoso. The statements revolve around a kiss given to Hermoso by Rubiales after the Women’s World Cup Final, an incident that has sparked widespread attention and controversy.
The judge was informed by Hermoso’s family members about the alleged pressures the footballer experienced from Rubiales and other high-ranking RFEF officials. This development adds a new dimension to the case, which will continue with additional hearings in the National Court. Four high-ranking RFEF officials involved in the incident are expected to appear before the court.
Who are the Summoned Officials?
The summoned officials include Rubén Rivera, the RFEF’s Director of Marketing; Albert Luque, the Director of the Men’s Team; Patricia Pérez, the Press Chief of the Women’s Team; and Miguel García Caba, the former Director of Integrity who was dismissed from his position by the Federation. These individuals are believed to have played critical roles in the incident that is currently under investigation.
Rivera and Luque were allegedly involved in a trip to Ibiza, which the National Team players perceived as a pressure tactic on Hermoso amidst the controversy over the kiss. On the other hand, García Caba and Pérez are speculated to have exerted pressure within the Women’s Team. Notably, Patricia Pérez is believed to have shown Hermoso the official RFEF statement in the player’s own words.
Investigation by the National Court
The main issue under investigation by the National Court is the alleged pressures that Jennifer Hermoso faced from high-ranking RFEF officials. If these allegations are confirmed, it could lead to significant consequences for the individuals involved, including potential criminal charges. The hearings are expected to shed further light on the incident and the actions of the RFEF officials.
The investigation follows the suspension of Rubiales from his role as RFEF president following a lawsuit filed against him alleging sexual assault and coercion. The lawsuit was based on a new sexual consent law passed last year, which sanctions any unconsented sexual act. The law eliminated the difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault, potentially making Rubiales liable for a fine or a prison sentence if found guilty.
The case involving Hermoso and Rubiales has attracted significant attention both within and outside of Spain. It highlights the ongoing issues related to consent and respect within the sports community and is expected to set a precedent for how such incidents are handled in the future. As the investigation continues, all eyes will be on the National Court and its final decision.
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