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    Luis Rubiales: Jenny Hermoso's kiss was noble, but I'm ashamed of being grabbed by the crotch in front of the Queen of Spain

    Luis Rubiales said kissing Jenny Hermoso on the lips after Spain won the Women's World Cup was “noble”. No. 39;

    Luis Rubiales said his unwanted kiss with Jenny Hermoso was “noble” as he was ordered to stand trial over the World Cup furore.

    The embattled administrator who eventually resigned as president of the Spanish Football Association said on Sunday he was “truly ashamed” for grabbing his crotch next to the Queen of Spain.

    His latest The brash comments came as he avoided apologizing directly to Hermoso in a London interview with Piers Morgan. Talk show. Rubiales was previously told he was due to testify at the Madrid High Court on Friday.

    Rubiales said he was ashamed to grab his crotch next to the Queen of Spain

    Rubiales' kiss with Hermoso at the medal ceremony after the Spanish women's team won the World Cup in Sydney sparked international outrage over sexism in Spain.

    With the furore raging for more than two weeks, he resigned on Sunday after Hermoso filed a criminal complaint against him. He will appear in court at noon Friday on the complaint, which describes how Rubiales kissed her on the lips “without her consent.”

    In an interview with Morgan, Rubiales admitted that his actions were a mistake. but he added: “It turned out to be a snowball created by false arguments and people,” he said. “My intentions were noble, enthusiastic, 100 percent non-sexual, 100 percent, I repeat, 100 percent.”

    However, he expressed remorse for grabbing his crotch in front of Queen Letizia. and her daughter during the match.

    Asked if he thought the kiss was “wrong”, he replied: “Of course I said that from the beginning, I made a mistake and I sincerely apologized. I was very happy, I felt like a different player.

    “But, being the president of the association, I unreservedly apologized, this is not the action of the president of the association.”

    However, he then stated that “it was a mutual act, she approached me, very happy.”

    “She lifted me, she lifted me into the air… We were both excited,” he said.

    Rubiales previously said he made the decision to leave after being confident his departure would help Spain's hopes. to co-host the 2030 FIFA Men's World Cup.

    The 46-year-old has been suspended by FIFA since August 26 amid ongoing disciplinary and judicial proceedings. Hermoso said the kiss was not consensual, and last Friday a Spanish prosecutor filed a complaint against Rubiales for sexual assault and coercion.

    Asked if he would do the same with the men's team, he replied: “No doubt, 100 percent. When I was a player, there were many moments when we avoided relegation or gained promotion, when we, as we call it, smacked our lips…

    “Can you imagine if you win the lottery or hope that one day the war in Ukraine will end, I mean the celebrations will continue around the world. People don't ask permission, it's just a happy, happy time and people are celebrating.”

    Meanwhile, it has become known that the Spanish women's team will hold decisive negotiations in the coming days to end their voluntary exile after the Rubiales furore.

    Olga Carmona (right) scored the winning goal for Spain in the World Cup final against England. Photo: Reuters/Carl Recine

    Olga Carmona, who scored England's winning goal in the World Cup final, has opened the door for 80 players to reverse her decision to refuse to play for the national team in protest at the way the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is run

    In addition to Rubiales' resignation, coach Jorge Vilda was sacked and Montse Thome became the first woman to lead the Spanish national team.

    “There have been several changes. We have a new coach, but first of all we need to wait for the next squad and see what happens. Rubiales' resignation happened very recently and we will have to talk among ourselves and see what happens,” Carmona told Spanish television program El Hormiguero.

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