Sevilla Players Honor Jenni Hermoso with Tribute During Rubiales Battle
Sevilla football players paid tribute to Jenni Hermoso, a star player in the Spanish women’s team, as well as other prominent female footballers in the country. This heartfelt tribute took place prior to their 2-1 defeat against Girona in La Liga on Saturday.
Jenni Hermoso, who is 33 years old, was subjected to an unwanted kiss on the lips by Luis Rubiales, the chief of the Spanish football federation, during the medal ceremony of the Women’s World Cup final. In response to this incident, FIFA, the governing body of world football, suspended Rubiales. Additionally, 81 players from the Spanish women’s team, including Hermoso, declared that they would refuse to play as long as the current leadership remained in power.
During their warm-up, Sevilla players wore t-shirts featuring the phrase “It’s Over” in Spanish. This phrase was previously used by several Spanish women’s players, as well as Hermoso herself, in their social media posts and statements. It is widely interpreted as a direct reference to Rubiales’ leadership in Spain.
In a poignant moment, Olga Carmona, the goal-scoring hero of La Roja’s World Cup final, watched the match from the presidential box at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium. Just days earlier, she had scored the winning goal against England in Sydney, only to tragically discover afterwards that her father had passed away.
The Europa League champions, managed by Jose Luis Mendilibar, have had a dreadful start to La Liga, losing their first three matches and finding themselves at the bottom of the league standings. As a show of solidarity, Cadiz players displayed a banner that said “We are all Jenni” during their 1-1 draw against Almeria.
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