Luis Rubiales: Spanish FA calls ‘extraordinary and urgent’ meeting over World Cup kiss row | World News

The Spanish football federation has called an “extraordinary and urgent” meeting over the Women’s World Cup kissing row.

Luis Rubiales, 46, has refused to step down from his role as the federation’s president but has been suspended by FIFA after he kissed women’s team player Jenni Hermoso, 33, on the lips after Spain’s 1-0 win against England last Sunday.

He was widely expected to resign at a meeting on Friday but instead made a defiant speech, claiming he was the victim of a witch-hunt by “false feminists”.

Spain’s women’s team coach Jorge Vilda described the crisis as “a real nonsense” that has “tarnished a well-deserved victory” for the players and the country

The Spanish federation’s interim president Pedro Rocha has called the meeting on Monday “to evaluate the situation in which the federation finds itself” and look at “the decisions or actions to be taken,” a spokesman said on Sunday.

Hermoso has said that “in no moment” did she consent to the kiss.

On Saturday, she appeared among spectators at the Women’s Cup final between Atletico Madrid and AC Milan – and was applauded by the crowd.

Players at the match held a banner reading: “With you Jennifer Hermoso”.

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