• Luis Rubiales
• Luis Rubiales

 Former Spanish soc­cer chief, Luis Rubia­les, will testify before the High Court in Madrid on Friday over his allegedly unsolicited kiss on the lips of World Cup winner, Jenni Hermoso, the court said on Tuesday.

The incident, at the medal ceremony following the Spanish women’s team’s World Cup victory in Sydney, Australia, last month, un­leashed a wave of indig­nation against sexism and macho behaviour in Spain.

Rubiales had refused demands from many players, sports bodies and politicians to quit his position as pres­ident of the Royal Spanish Football, saying he had done nothing wrong and the kiss was mutual and consensual.

However, the furore did not die down and on Sunday he resigned after Hermoso lodged a criminal complaint against him.

He will appear before the court at noon on Friday.

The complaint by Her­moso describes how Rubiales kissed her on the mouth “without her consent” while holding her head with both hands after Spain defeated England in the women’s World Cup final on Aug. 20. The incident took place in front of a global television audience.

High Court, judge Fran­cisco de Jorge, is in charge of the probe as the incident took place outside Spain.

Rubiales has not respond­ed to Reuters questions about the case. -REUTERS