Hermoso Joins Spain Training for the First Time Following Rubiales Kiss Controversy

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Hermoso Joins Spain Training for the First Time Following Rubiales Kiss Controversy

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Hermoso participated in Spain’s training session at Las Rozas, situated on the outskirts of Madrid, where she received an enthusiastic reception from numerous fans, including many devoted children, who braved inclement weather to show their support for the acclaimed athlete.

Jenni Hermoso, a Women’s World Cup champion, rejoined the Spanish national team’s training on Monday, marking her return since the controversial incident involving the former president of the country’s football federation, Luis Rubiales, which led to his resignation. The 33-year-old football star has emerged as a prominent figure in the battle against gender discrimination, garnering widespread support after an unwelcome kiss from Rubiales, which occurred following Spain’s triumph in Sydney on August 20.

Spain’s No. 10, currently playing for Pachuca in the Mexican league, has been summoned by coach Montse Tome for the upcoming Nations League matches against Italy on Friday and Switzerland on October 31.

Initially, Hermoso was not included in the team for the first two matches under the new coach, with the decision framed as a measure to “protect her” during a period of crisis within the federation.

However, this move was met with criticism from several players, including Hermoso herself, who questioned the need for protection. Three weeks following the controversial incident, Rubiales resigned and is currently facing charges of “sexual assault” in a Spanish court, along with a ban prohibiting him from coming within 200 meters of the player. Rubiales maintains that the kiss was consensual.

In the aftermath of the scandal, former coach Jorge Vilda was dismissed, coinciding with a period when numerous Spain players, including Hermoso, were involved in a strike, advocating for significant reforms.

The players, the government, and the RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation) signed a consensus agreement on Monday, establishing a joint commission to act upon the terms agreed upon to resolve the strike, which saw the participation of the majority of the world champions in September.

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https://sports.ndtv.com/football/hermoso-trains-with-spain-for-first-time-after-rubiales-kiss-scandal-4508686

https://www.flashscore.co.uk/news/football-world-cup-women-hermoso-trains-with-spain-for-first-time-after-rubiales-kiss-scandal/S6w0kjDl/

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