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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Soccer – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group E – Japan v Spain – Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 1, 2022 President of the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation Luis Rubiales within the stands earlier than the match REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photograph

Former Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales should seem in courtroom on Friday in reference to the investigation into his forcible kiss on Jenni Hermoso’s lips after the Fifa Girls’s World Cup last.

Rubiales has been summoned to seem earlier than an analyzing Justice of the Peace “to be heard as an accused” and to reply to accusations of “sexual assault”, a Madrid courtroom mentioned in an announcement Tuesday.

The 46-year-old kissed Hermoso following Spain’s triumph in Sydney on August 20, which she says was not consensual, whereas Rubiales insists it was.

Decide Francisco de Jorge of the Nationwide Court docket admitted a grievance in opposition to Rubiales on Monday filed by Spanish prosecutors final week relating to alleged “crimes of sexual assault and “coercion.”

FILE – Soccer – Spanish Soccer Federation Assembly – Ciudad Del Futbol Las Rozas, Las Rozas, Spain – August 25, 2023 President of the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation Luis Rubiales pronounces he can be staying as president through the assembly RFEF/Handout by way of REUTERS

Below a current reform of the Spanish penal code, a non-consensual kiss might be thought-about sexual assault, a felony class that teams collectively all kinds of sexual violence.

The penalties for a compelled kiss can vary from a nice to 4 years in jail, in keeping with sources from the general public prosecutors’ workplace.

Rubiales stepped down because the Spanish soccer federation’s president on Sunday however continued to defend himself over the kiss.

“I think about the reality and I’ll do all the things in my energy in order that it prevails,” Rubiales wrote in an open letter.

Hermoso, 33, who performs for Mexican membership Pachuca, has mentioned the undesirable kiss left her feeling “weak and just like the sufferer of an assault”, with an announcement on social media describing it as “an impulsive, macho act, misplaced and with no kind of consent on my half.”

She additionally accused Rubiales of pressuring her to talk out in his protection instantly after the furor over the kiss erupted, which prosecutors mentioned might be thought-about against the law of coercion.

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