Former Barcelona female player Jennifer Hermoso has issued a statement calling for “exemplary measures” for President of Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales after he publicly kissed the player as Spain won the Women’s World Cup in Australia, having beaten England 1-0 in the final.
Jennifer Hermoso released the statement through the FutPro union and its representation agency.
Here is the full statement:
“My union FUTPRO, in coordination with my agency TMJ are taking care of defending my interests and being the interlocutors on this matter. From FUTPRO we express our firm and resounding condemnation of conduct that violates the dignity of women”.
“From our association we ask the Royal Spanish Football Federation to implement the necessary protocols, ensure the rights of our players and adopt exemplary measures. It is essential that our national team, current world champion, is always represented by figures that project values of equality and respect in all areas. It is necessary to continue to advance in the fight for equality, a fight that our female players have led with determination, bringing us to the position we are in today. We also call on the Consejo Superior de Deportes to support and actively promote prevention and intervention against sexual harassment or abuse, machismo and sexism, within its competences”.
A meeting between Amanda Gutiérrez, president of the majority Spanish women’s football union, and Yolanda Díaz, Minister of Labour and Social Economy, will take place on 28 August.