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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 Picture

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

Rubiales has been summoned to seem earlier than an inspecting Justice of the Peace “to be heard as an accused” and to reply to accusations of “sexual assault”, a Madrid court docket mentioned in a press release 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 towards Rubiales on Monday filed by Spanish prosecutors final week concerning 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 broadcasts he might be staying as president through the assembly RFEF/Handout through REUTERS

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

The penalties for a compelled kiss can vary from a fantastic to 4 years in jail, in accordance 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 the whole lot 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 “susceptible and just like the sufferer of an assault”, with a press release 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 may very well be thought of a criminal offense of coercion.

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