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Rubiales ‘cannot perceive’ sexual assault claims over ‘Kissgate’

  • Luis Rubiales has hit again at claims his ‘Kissgate’ scandal was sexual assault 
  • The disgraced former Spanish FA boss was arrested on Wednesday morning
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Former Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales has insisted that he ‘cannot perceive’ why his ‘Kissgate’ scandal can be labelled as sexual assault. 

On Wednesday morning, Rubiales, 46, was arrested amid an ongoing corruption probe unrelated to the ‘undesirable’ kiss he gave footballer Jenni Hermoso after Spain’s Women’s World Cup ladies’s remaining win towards England final August.

Instead, his arrest is linked to alleged monetary irregularities throughout his time as head of the Spanish FA and focuses on enterprise offers thought to incorporate one to carry the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.

However, regardless of his arrest for a separate matter, Rubiales nonetheless faces a possible penalty for his actions final August – with Spanish prosecutors searching for a two-and-a-half-year jail sentence for the previous FA chief. 

Now, in an interview with Spanish broadcaster La Sexta, Rubiales has spoken out and brought goal on the choose who charged him with coercion and sexual assault over his ‘undesirable’ Hermoso kiss by saying: ‘I believe his means of describing my phrases is manipulative.’

Former Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales insisted that he 'can't understand' why his notorious 'Kissgate' scandal would be labelled as sexual assault

Former Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales insisted that he ‘cannot perceive’ why his infamous ‘Kissgate’ scandal can be labelled as sexual assault

Rubiales kissed Jenni Hermoso on the lips without her consent after Spain's World Cup victory

Rubiales kissed Jenni Hermoso on the lips with out her consent after Spain’s World Cup victory 

A FIFA disciplinary committee found Rubiales had acted with 'a sense of complete impunity'
Prosecutors are seeking a one-year sentence for sexual assault and another one-and-a-half years for coercion

A FIFA disciplinary committee later discovered Rubiales had acted with ‘a way of full impunity’ on the trophy ceremony after Spain’s 1-0 win over England

A primary clip of the interview launched in a single day confirmed Rubiales, who went to the Dominican Republic earlier this 12 months for work causes, reacting angrily to claims by interviewer Ana Pastor that his defence has concerned attacking the soccer participant.

In a subsequent clip he insisted of his notorious kiss: ‘I can not perceive that anybody might suppose this was a sexual assault’ earlier than rejecting any coercion by saying: ‘I solely spoke 10 or 15 seconds with Miss Hermoso.’

The full interview is about to air at 9:30pm BST nevertheless the outlet have already launched an excerpt from the dialogue, the place Rubiales voiced his opinion. 

Last month public prosecutors concerned within the ‘Kissgate’ case mentioned they have been searching for a two-and-a-half 12 months jail sentence for Rubiales.

They mentioned, in an indictment despatched to Madrid-based choose Francisco de Jorge, they wished him jailed for a 12 months if he was discovered responsible at trial of sexual assault and one other 18 months for coercion linked to his alleged makes an attempt to get the footballer to talk out in his defence following his World Cup kiss.

Around the identical time Spanish public prosecutors requested for Rubiales to be arrested over alleged monetary irregularities whereas he was answerable for the Spanish FA.

The full interview will likely be launched late on Wednesday night, the place Rubiales additionally addresses the continuing corruption probe he is been drawn into.

Prosecutors in Spain are pushing for Rubiales to receive a 2.5-year prison term over 'Kissgate'

Prosecutors in Spain are pushing for Rubiales to obtain a 2.5-year jail time period over ‘Kissgate’

Spain international footballer Hermoso pictured arriving at court in Madrid back in January

Spain worldwide footballer Hermoso pictured arriving at courtroom in Madrid again in January

The incident completely overshadowed Spain's World Cup win and sparked outrage across the football world - igniting one of the worst crises in the history of the sport in Spain

The incident utterly overshadowed Spain’s World Cup win and sparked outrage throughout the soccer world – igniting one of many worst crises within the historical past of the game in Spain

The corruption probe is linked to alleged monetary irregularities throughout his time as head of the Spanish FA and focuses on enterprise offers thought to incorporate one to carry the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. 

Rubiales was arrested by police on Wednesday after being escorted off a flight again to Madrid from the Caribbean.

Detectives have been ready for him as he stepped off an Air Europa airplane from the Dominican Republic which landed at Madrid’s Barajas Airport simply earlier than 11am native time.

Police confirmed he had been launched simply after 1.30pm forward of an anticipated courtroom summons the place he will likely be questioned by a choose behind closed doorways. 

His house within the southern Spanish metropolis of Granada was one in every of a number of properties searched on March 20 however he was already within the Caribbean.

A Spanish court has also been investigating Rubiales (L) over decision in 2019 to relocate the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia

A Spanish courtroom has additionally been investigating Rubiales (L) over choice in 2019 to relocate the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia 

Footage emerged on Wednesday that showed the 46-year-old entering a Civil Guard van just after 10.30am local time, after officers awaited his arrival at Madrid's Barajas Airport

Footage emerged on Wednesday that confirmed the 46-year-old getting into a Civil Guard van simply after 10.30am native time, after officers awaited his arrival at Madrid’s Barajas Airport

Police searched the apartment belonging to former FA president Rubiales last month

 Police searched the house belonging to former FA president Rubiales final month

Rubiales had already mentioned he would return to Spain and insisted it could be on April 6 however in a single day it emerged he had modified his journey plans.

He introduced ahead his voluntary return after a Spanish police operation within the Dominican Republic on Monday with help from native officers.

Officers from the Civil Guard’s Central Operative Unit, a specialist division of the police power chargeable for investigation and prosecution of probably the most severe types of crime and organised crime, are mentioned to have confiscated his cellphone and a laptop computer throughout a reported search of the property he has been staying at on the Caribbean island.

Spanish outlet El Mundo mentioned police investigators have concluded Rubiales diverted at the very least £3.24million (€3.8 million) from the Spanish FA to a development agency that paid him kickbacks by means of an organization managed by a detailed pal.