Days later, last Friday (25/08), Rubiales called a press conference in which he was expected to announce his resignation from the RFEF, due to the pressures he began to suffer from the case. But no, the official used the platform to say that he was “the victim of an attempt at social assassination” and assured that the kiss on the player was “mutual, spontaneous, euphoric and consented”, and blamed the “false feminism” for the repercussion of the case.
The statement by the president of the RFEF was strongly rejected by public opinion and provoked a new wave of criticism in addition to the revolt of the athletes. Hours after the press conference, more than 80 Spanish footballers announced their resignation from the national team as long as Rubiales remains in charge.
The very player Jenni Hermoso spoke out this Friday about the speech by the president of the Spanish federation, and denied that there was consent to the forced kiss during the Cup awards.
“The words of Mr. Rubiales explaining the unfortunate incident are categorically false and part of the manipulative culture of which he is a part (…) his attitude (the forced kiss during the World Cup awards) was a sexist act, out of place and without no consent on my part. I just wasn’t respected.”