FORMER Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales will have to testify in court in relation to the kiss he gave national team player Jennifer Hermoso, which has caused worldwide outrage.
The 46-year-old administrator will appear before the High Court in Madrid on Friday over the allegedly unsolicited kiss, the court said today.
Rubiales has been under fire since the incident, which happened during the medal presentation ceremony following Spain’s first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup title triumph in Sydney, Australia on August 20.
Initially, Rubiales had refused calls from many players, sports organisations and even politicians to resign from his position as president of the RFEF, insisting that he had done nothing wrong and the kiss was consensual.
However, the backlash intensified and Rubiales’ resistance was broken when he announced on Sunday night that he would resign, after former Barcelona forward Hermoso lodged a criminal complaint against him.
He will appear before the court on Friday afternoon.
The complaint by Hermoso describes how Rubiales kissed her on the mouth ‘without her consent’ while holding her head with both hands after Spain defeated England 1-0 in the Women’s World Cup final in Sydne, Australia.
High Court judge Francisco de Jorge is in charge of the probe as the incident took place outside Spain.
Rubiales announced his resignation in snippets of an interview with British television host Piers Morgan, which will be aired this week.