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Spanish judge confirms Rubiales will stand trial for kissing a player after the Women’s World Cup final

MADRID – Former Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales will stand trial on charges of sexual assault and coercion for kissing Jenni Hermoso without her consent after last year’s Women’s World Cup final, a Spanish judge confirmed Wednesday.

Judge Francisco de Jorge had ruled in January that Rubiales’ kiss “was done without consent and was carried out unilaterally and in a surprising manner.” Spanish news agency EFE reported that he had confirmed the allegations.

Prosecutors are seeking a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for Rubiales for the alleged assault and for allegedly trying to force Hermoso to publicly support him amid the public backlash following the World Cup decider in Sydney.

The judge also ruled that former Spanish coach Jorge Vilda, Spanish men’s team sporting director Albert Luque and the federation’s former head of marketing Rubén Rivera will also stand trial for attempting to pressure Hermoso, according to EFE.

The judge in January found enough evidence to also believe that Rubiales also unsuccessfully pressured Hermoso to appear in a video he produced and published as public outrage against him grew.

No trial date has been set.

FIFA banned Rubiales for three years until after the men’s World Cup in 2026. His ban expires before the next women’s tournament in 2027. Spain’s sports authority also ruled him unfit to hold a position in sports management for three years.