Spain’s World Cup winners refuse to play until football boss resigns – BBC News

Spain’s football World Cup winners have announced a boycott, saying they will refuse to play until the President of the Spanish football association resigns or is sacked.

Luis Rubiales is facing intense criticism after kissing one of the victorious women’s team on the lips following the game and grabbing his crotch while celebrating their victory over England in the final.

Jenni Hermoso, the player who he kissed, said there had been no consent. She described claims by Mr Rubiales that the kiss was consensual as “false” and “part of the manipulative culture that he has generated”.

The Spanish FA President has said he won’t resign and said he was facing what he called “social murder” and would “fight to the end” to remain in his job.

A number of male Spanish players have said they will join the national women’s team in refusing to play until Mr Rubiales steps down and the Spanish government has begun legal action to remove him.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Guy Hedgecoe in Madrid.

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