the Spain World Cup kiss uproar It took another unexpected turn when the mother of embattled President Luis Rubiales started a church hunger strike.
Angelis Bejar locked herself inside the church to protest what she described as an “inhumane witch hunt” against her son. Her protest comes after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) called. Another “extraordinary and urgent” meeting.President Rubiales still refuses to step down despite being banned by FIFA.
The beginning of Béjar’s hunger strike came on the same day that the Spanish prosecutor’s office began proceedings against Rubiales for the possible sexual assault of Jenny Hermoso, the player who kiss on the lips Celebrating their victory in the World Cup Final against England two weeks ago.
Hermoso has been given 15 days by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the National Court to contact them as an alleged victim of sexual assault, which could lead to the filing of criminal proceedings against the president.
The federation is also involved in a legal dispute with its players. who revolted on Friday After Rubiales shouted three times “I will not quit” despite international outrage over his unwanted kiss on Hermoso. He grabbed the player and pulled her to his lips during the final medal handover at the end of Spain’s 1-0 victory, and held his genitals in celebration as he stood beside the Queen of Spain.
Still, the embattled Rubiales said in an emergency meeting on Friday: “A consensual ‘click’ is enough to get me out of here? I’ll fight to the end.”
As the saga continues into its second week, his mother began her hunger strike on Monday morning with her sister, 48 hours after her son flew to Motril for vacation. Bejar, a retired hairdresser, is holed up in the Divina Pastora Church in the coastal resort of Andalusia, in the east of the country. MalagaWhere Rubiales grew up.
Bejar, whose husband is a former mayor of Motril, says she will continue her extremist work until her son, Louis, gets “justice”.
She also demanded that Hermoso, the World Cup winner, tell “the truth” about the kiss that led to Rubiales’ provisional ban by FIFA on Friday.
Two of Rubiales’ cousins, stationed outside the church, also joined the protest. Rubiales’ cousin, Vanessa Ruiz, who serves as the family’s spokeswoman for the church, said: “We are suffering so much for him. He was judged ahead of his time.
“they [the media] Don’t stop harassing us. We had to leave our house. We want them to leave us alone and for Jenny to tell the truth. not fair.”
However, Rubiales and his mother have few supporters in their protest. He also criticized the likes of English Lionesses and big men’s football figures such as Andres Iniesta Rubiales.
All 11 members of the coaching staff of the Spanish women’s national team, bar manager Jorge Vilda, resigned on Saturday over Rubiales’ behaviour. However, under clear orders from Rubiales, the RFEF said it would take “necessary legal measures” against the 79 players who refused to play while he remained in charge. The Spanish Football Federation disagrees with the team, international sporting authorities and its government, who have been moving to stop Rubiales through the courts before the match. Suspension of FIFA.
The suspension remains for an initial 90 days, pending the proceedings against Rubiales, which began on Thursday.
The federation has repeatedly alleged that Hermoso said the kiss was not inappropriate. A local media report by sports website Revelo said the federation forced her to make a preliminary statement supporting the allegation. The federation denied this when contacted for comment.
Rubiales said in an emergency meeting on Friday that the criticism against him “is a social murder, they are trying to kill me.” “As a Spaniard, we have to think about the direction we are going,” he added. “Pseudo-feminism does not seek justice, does not seek truth, and does not care about people.”
However, his comments were immediately dismissed by Hermoso, who said Friday night: “I want to make it clear that at no time did I agree to the kiss he gave me… I do not tolerate my words being questioned too much.” Not to mention inventing words I didn’t say.