Luis Rubiales has stated the “fact hasn’t surfaced” referring to the kiss that overshadowed Spain’s World Cup triumph, thrust him into the highlight and value him his job.
The previous Spanish FA president is because of testify in court docket this Friday over his allegedly unsolicited kiss on the lips of Spanish ahead Jenni Hermoso.
Mr Rubiales, who was suspended by football’s governing body FIFA over the kiss, stated in a translated interview on TalkTV’s Piers Morgan Uncensored that he had “full religion the reality [would] come out and [that] all the pieces will probably be nice” earlier than his court docket look.
He added: “I’m a great man, have a look at me within the eyes.”
The 80-minute interview coated a timeline of occasions beginning with the incident itself to his resignation the place he could not “proceed [his] work”.
Talking in regards to the kiss, the 46-year-old stated his actions weren’t of a president, repeatedly saying he “made a mistake”.
Rubiales attributed the kiss to “nice pleasure” with out “sexual connotation” and referred to it as a “mutual act” – phrases mirrored in his defiant stance when he was nonetheless president.
Hermoso has repeatedly stated the kiss was not consensual revealing afterwards that she “did not prefer it”.
She filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s workplace final week.
Rubiales wouldn’t instantly apologise to the footballer within the interview regardless of being pressed just a few occasions by Morgan, as an alternative insisting he wanted to “defend the stance [he took] because the very first day… on an act each consented to”.
“What’s left is me to defend my dignity,” Rubiales added.
He had accused Hermoso of mendacity in regards to the kiss, pointing to the ahead lifting him off the bottom first.
The daddy of three daughters was requested of his response ought to one in all his kids hypothetically win the World Cup and was handled in an identical method, to which Rubiales stated “no matter who the daddy is and daughter is, two consenting adults in a second that was mutual”.
‘Regular in our nation’
Rubiales instructed Morgan he had a fast dialog with Hermoso earlier than the kiss then proceeded to offer her “a fast peck… which is regular in our nation”.
He added: “I feel Latin individuals have that tactile (nature). It is simply regular to that stage of pleasure and happiness that we felt throughout that remaining.”
He stated if the Spanish males’s crew had received the trophy there can be “little doubt about it” – he would have kissed them too, citing moments throughout his footballing days the place “pecks on the lips” got when relegation was averted or promotion achieved.
The furore following the incident was widespread, with requires Rubiales’ resignation, together with from Spanish deputy prime minister Yolanda Diaz, and female and male Spanish nationwide crew gamers saying they’d boycott matches.
England’s Lionesses who had been defeated within the remaining additionally condemned the state of affairs.
The ex-Spanish soccer chief would “not touch upon third events” saying: “I do not need any extra wars right here”.
He additionally did not touch upon Woody Allen – additionally tied to allegations of sexual abuse – who reportedly defended him.
On his 90-day suspension by FIFA two weeks in the past, Rubiales “objectively” believed it was “fallacious” saying it was a “fast determination” with out permitting him to defend himself.
The Spanish ladies’s soccer crew coach Jorge Vilda, who Rubiales defended within the interview, was sacked in wake of the controversy.
Rubiales additionally briefly spoke about his mom, who locked herself in church and went on starvation strike for her son.
In the meantime, Hermoso obtained an emotional welcome back to her Mexican membership Pachuca on Monday, hours after Rubiales’ resignation.
It was the primary time the attacking midfielder has performed since lifting the World Cup trophy on 20 August.