Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales is at the center of a storm after he kissed Spain striker Jenni Hermoso on the lips after Sunday’s victory in the Women’s World Cup final.
The players have since issued a statement and admitted she ‘didn’t like’ the awkward hug as Spain celebrated their 1-0 win over England.
The 33-year-old, Barcelona and Spain’s all-time top scorer, played a crucial role in her nation’s first Women’s World Cup success.
Hermoso scored three goals and provided two assists en route to Sunday’s win against England at Stadium Australia.
What unfolded after full-time had made unwanted headlines, however, overshadowing the incredible achievement of Jorge Vilda’s side.
As Spain’s players took to the stage to receive their medals before lifting the World Cup trophy, numerous dignitaries lined up, including FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
Rubiales, the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, was also present and it was understood that he was pleased.
Rubiales embraced all of Spain’s players and coaches with a big smile on his face, embracing the nation’s heroines.
But he went one step further with Hermoso, grabbing her head and kissing her on the lips before she immediately left.
The moment shocked viewers and sparked outrage, with Rubiales heavily criticized for his actions when emotions ran high in Sydney.