Ex-soccer boss to stand trial for World Cup kiss


The Former Spanish FA President Luis Rubiales leaves the Majadahonda courthouse on April 29, 2024 in Madrid, Spain.

Judge Francisco de Jorge had ruled in January that Rubiales’ kiss was “unconsented and carried out unilaterally and in a surprising fashion”, and on Wednesday he confirmed the charges.

Prosecutors seek a prison sentence of two-and-a-half years for Rubiales over the incident and for allegedly trying to coerce Hermoso to publicly support him amid the public backlash following the World Cup decider in August.

The judge also ruled that former Spain coach Jorge Vilda, the sports director of Spain’s men’s team Albert Luque, and the federation’s former head of marketing Ruben Rivera, will also stand trial for trying to pressure Hermoso.

The judge in January found sufficient evidence to also believe Rubiales unsuccessfully pressured Hermoso to appear in a video he produced and published while public anger grew against him.

A trial date has not been set.

FIFA banned Rubiales for three years, until after the men’s 2026 World Cup.

His ban will expire before the next women’s tournament in 2027.

Spain’s sports authority ruled him unfit to hold a post in sports management for three years.

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