LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) Jenni Hermoso, the Spain striker, disclosed that she received threats in the wake of the controversy stemming from former Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales kissing her on the lips after their World Cup final victory.
Hermoso emphasized that the kiss was not consensual, leading to FIFA banning Rubiales for three years.
However, the media scrutiny persisted for several weeks, overshadowing her remarkable career achievements, which include seven league titles and one Champions League crown.
In September, Hermoso was excluded from Spain’s squad as coach Montse Tome sought to protect her.
She later returned and scored a late winner against Italy in the Women’s Nations League.
In an interview with GQS Spain, Hermoso opened up about the emotional toll the controversy took on her.
She expressed the importance of mental health and her determination to continue pursuing her passion for football despite the challenges.
Hermoso also mentioned receiving threats as a result of an incident she did not provoke or choose.
Luis Rubiales’ actions led to the #SeAcabo movement, demanding fundamental change in the game.
While she never sought the spotlight, Hermoso hopes to use her platform constructively and advocate for positive change in society, emphasizing the need for a new era.
She remains committed to excelling in football and contributing to her teams in Mexico and the national squad.
Jenni Hermoso’s message is one of resilience and determination in the face of adversity.