Jenni Hermoso supporters line the Madrid streets to protest against Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales after World Cup kiss-gate scandal
- Protestors have lined the streets of Madrid to show support for Jenni Hermoso
- Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the Plaza Callao in the Spanish capital
- They held signs and chanted in support of Hermoso and condemned Rubiales
Jennifer Hermoso’s supporters have lined the streets of Madrid to show their support for the Spain football star and protest against Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales following the World Cup kiss-gate scandal.
Hundreds of people gathered in the Plaza Callao in Spanish capital with signs and flags showing support for Hermoso.
Many of the signs also referenced the Spanish phrase ‘Seacabo’ which translates to ‘It’s over’ in English.
The protests come after Rubiales kissed the forward on the lips during the awards ceremony at the Women’s World Cup final after Spain defeated England to win the tournament.
Rubiales refused to resign after he sparked outrage for the incident but was provisionally suspended by FIFA’s disciplinary committee last week from all football related activity for at least 90 days.
Footage also emerged online of the Spaniard grabbing his crotch while standing close to Queen Letizia of Spain.
Several feminist groups were in attendance at the demonstration in support of Jennifer Hermoso
Spanish prosecutors have today opened preliminary sex abuse investigation into Rubiales.
Hermoso previously claimed that she did not consent to the kiss, with several members of the women’s national team saying that they would refuse to play if Rubiales was not dismissed.
There have been widespread calls from the fooballing community and those playing in the team for the Spaniard to be sacked including Spain’s women’s players Alexis Putellas, Cata Coll, Aitana Bonmati.
Putellas tweeted: ‘This is unacceptable. It’s over. With you partner @jennihermoso.’
Bonmati wrote: ‘There are limits that cannot be crossed and we cannot tolerate this. We are with you partner.’
According to Crisis 24, protests by women’s rights groups are expected to take place during September to ‘demand the resignation of Rubiales.’
Earlier today, Rubiales’ mother had reportedly locked herself inside of a church and has gone on hunger strike. She demanded an end to the ‘inhumane witch-hunt against her son’.
Mail Sport also understands that the Spanish FA were set to hold an urgent meeting on Monday
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