Football players from England and the United States find clear words about the behavior of Luis Rubiales. The head of the Spanish League is under heavy criticism. The solidarity with the Spanish team is enormous.
NEW YORK – Members of the entire England national football team and US star player Alex Morgan have sharply criticized the president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales. “I am disgusted by Luis Rubiales’ public actions,” the 34-year-old wrote on Friday on Platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
Morgan felt particularly for the Spanish players, who could not have been properly celebrated after winning the World Cup in Australia. “Winning the World Cup should have been one of the happiest moments in these players’ lives, but instead it was overshadowed by the abuse, misogyny and failures of the Spanish Football Federation,” the two-time world champion wrote.
“Abuse is abuse”
In a joint statement, England, who lost 1-0 to Spain in the World Cup final, also took a united stance against Rubiales. “Abuse is abuse and we have all seen the truth. The behavior of those who believe they are invincible should not be tolerated and people should not be persuaded to take action against any form of harassment,” they wrote. The team stands by the Spanish team and will support it.
Rubiales kissed Jennifer Hermoso on the mouth without being asked during the Spanish World Champions Awards in Sydney last Sunday. Then the official came under increasing pressure, and many called for his resignation. The International Football Association (FIFA) had initiated disciplinary proceedings against the 46-year-old. The resignation of Rubiales was therefore expected at a crisis meeting of the Football Association on Friday. However, he refused this step. In his much-maligned speech, Rubiales portrayed himself as the victim of a witch hunt.
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