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Former Spain soccer federation chief Luis Rubiales will face trial over an undesirable kiss of a participant from the nation’s Girls’s World Cup-winning crew.

Rubiales kissed Jenni Hermoso on the lips throughout Spain’s Girls’s World Cup celebration with out her consent. Investigative choose Francisco de Jorge dominated Thursday that his kiss was “unconsented and carried out unilaterally and in a stunning vogue.”

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Luis Rubiales kisses Jennifer Hermoso through the medal ceremony at Stadium Australia on Aug. 20, 2023, in Sydney. (Noemi Llamas/Eurasia Sport Pictures/Getty Pictures)

State prosecutors accused the previous chief of sexual assault and for allegedly attempting to coerce Hermoso to publicly help him within the palpable public backlash.

The trial date will probably be decided. Rubiales has denied any wrongdoing.

Rubiales might face a nice or a jail sentence of 1-4 years if discovered responsible based mostly on a sexual consent regulation handed in 2022, in line with authorities in Madrid. The regulation eradicated the distinction between sexual harassment and sexual assault, sanctioning any unconsented sexual act.

Rubiales stepped down from his place in September amid the uproar. Spanish state prosecutors accused Rubiales of sexual assault and coercion after the kiss, two days after Hermoso formally accused him of sexual assault.

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Luis Rubiales speaks

Luis Rubiales might face a nice or a jail sentence if discovered responsible based mostly on a sexual consent regulation handed in 2022. (Actual Federación Española de Fútbol/Europa Press by way of AP)

He was suspended 90 days after he initially refused to resign from his submit. He ran the federation since 2018.

Rubiales had been anticipated to step down as he addressed soccer officers within the nation within the quick aftermath of the incident. As a substitute, he refused and claimed he was the sufferer of a “witch hunt” by “false feminists.” The defiant speech led to the preliminary suspension.

Hermoso and her teammates refused to maintain taking part in for Spain so long as Rubiales was accountable for the federation and solely returned to the crew when the federal government mediated an settlement by the federation interim president to overtake its protocols and provides extra help to girls.

The choose additionally discovered sufficient proof to suspect that Rubiales unsuccessfully pressured Hermoso to look in a video to quell the general public stress. The choose dominated that together with Rubiales, former Spain coach Jorge Vilda, sports activities director of Spain’s males’s crew Albert Luque, and the federation’s former head of selling Rubén Rivera needs to be tried for his or her alleged involvement.

Jorge Vilda celebrates

Spain’s head coach Jorge Vilda celebrates with the gold medal after the ultimate of Girls’s World Cup soccer between Spain and England in Sydney, Australia, Aug. 20, 2023. (AP Photograph/Rick Rycroft)

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Hermoso refused to take part.

The Related Press contributed to this report.