How did the football community react to Rubiales’ behaviour at the World Cup?
Spain’s sports minister on Monday had demanded that Rubiales apologise.
“I think it is unacceptable to kiss a player on the lips to congratulate her,” acting minister Miquel Iceta told Spanish public radio.
“The first thing he has to do is to give explanations and make apologies, it is the logical and reasonable thing to do,” Iceta said.
The minister added that while the 1-0 victory over England on Sunday in Sydney was “a moment of intense emotions”, public officials “have to be extremely careful because we are giving a message to society and the message is equal rights, it is respect”.
The minister of equality in the caretaker government, Irene Montero, called it “a form of sexual violence that we women suffer on a daily basis and until now has been invisible”.
“We can’t normalise this,” she said.
Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez described Rubiales’ subsequent apology as ‘not adequate’. The Spanish women’s league, Liga F, filed a complaint with the National Sports Council (Consejo Superior de Deportes ) seeking his removal.
USWNT legend Megan Rapinoe called out the conditions the Spanish women’s team had to compete in.
“It made me think about how much we are required to endure. Think how much that Spanish team had to shoulder: Some of the players who stood up way back last year (in protest at poor treatment from their federation and their coach) still aren’t on the team. Maybe that was something that galvanized them, but you shouldn’t have to have that,” Rapinoe told The Atlantic.
“There was another picture that signals such a deep level of misogyny and sexism in that federation and in that man at the final whistle, just grabbing his crotch. What kind of upside-down world are we in? On the biggest stage, where you should be celebrating, Jenni has to be physically assaulted by this guy.”
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti criticised Rubiales for his behaviour.
“It’s a very delicate topic, like most people it was behaviour that I obviously did not like,” Ancelotti told a news conference.
“It was not the behaviour of a president of the federation. I don’t know if he should resign or not, I think he will take the most adequate decision,” he added.