Disgraced former Spanish soccer chief Luis Rubiales appeared to “forcefully” kiss England defender Lucy Bronze on her face and stroke teammate Laura Coombs’s face after the Women’s World Cup ultimate, the FA chair has mentioned.
Debbie Hewitt advised FIFA investigators Mr Rubiales was additionally “unpleasant and unnecessarily aggressive” whereas ready within the tunnel for the post-match shows to start.
Ms Hewitt’s proof has been launched by FIFA as a part of the complete causes for banning Mr Rubiales for 3 years for the enforced kiss on Spain ahead Jenni Hermoso after the victory over England on the ultimate in Sydney in August.
Mr Rubiales, who resigned in September, advised FIFA’s disciplinary committee that Ms Hewitt’s portrayal of him as “some sort of creep” is “absolutely disgusting”.
Concerns grew because the pair of soccer chiefs have been subsequent to one another within the tunnel ready for the trophy and medals presentation.
Ms Hewitt advised FIFA: “He [Rubiales] appeared unhappy as to where he had been positioned in the line-up.
“FIFA employees (or stewards) advised him to stay the place positioned and stood round us in order that the presentation group might make our approach to the stage.
“The tone of his voice in response was unpleasant and unnecessarily aggressive.
“The England team came up individually onto the stage. He [Rubiales] shook the hand of every player and touched a few on the arm as they walked past.”
He then “cupped and stroked” the face of the English participant Laura Coombs, which [Hewitt] thought was barely odd after which he “seemingly forcefully kissed the English player Lucy Bronze on her face”.