Spanish Soccer Federation Launching ‘Open War’ Against Jenni Hermoso And Other Female Players

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What should be a time of celebration for the Spanish soccer federation after winning the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup has instead devolved into what’s being called an ‘open war.”

The war began when federation president Luis Rubiales kissed star player Jenni Hermoso without consent during celebrations after the World Cup final.

Rubiales initially denied the allegations, claiming that the incident was consensual.

“There are idiots everywhere, When two people have a gesture of affection, that isn’t important, we can’t pay attention to idiocy. We’re [world] champions and I’ll focus on that,” he said following Spain’s 1-0 win over England in the final.

But Hermoso claimed otherwise and Rubiales was eventually forced to resign after he came under investigation by Spanish police.

“I clarify that at no time did the conversation occur which Luis Rubiales referred to, and his kiss was not consensual. In the same way, I want to repeat, as I did at the time, that the incident was not to my liking,” Hermoso said of the moment on Twitter.

All but two players from the World Cup-winning squad asked last Friday not to be selected for upcoming games against Sweden and Switzerland, citing insufficient changes within the federation.

But the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) selected most of them anyway on Monday night.

Hermoso said in a statement that they were all “certain that this is yet another strategy of division and manipulation to intimidate and threaten us with legal repercussions and economic sanctions.”

The decision to select the striking players started was deemed an “open war” by Spanish newspaper AS.

“We regret once again that our federation has placed us in a situation that we never would’ve wanted,” the players said in their joint statement.

Legendary Spanish men’s goalkeeper Iker Casillas tweeted that “everything keeps getting WORSE in the RFEF.”

It appears an already ugly situation is only just beginning.