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Spain’s soccer chief could be ousted after kiss sparks boycott. Here’s what to know.

Related Topics: Jennifer Hermoso, Spain

Spain’s World Cup victory was meant to be a moment of celebration for the country. But now, players are boycotting the national team, and staffers of the Spanish soccer federation are resigning in protest against its president, Luis Rubiales, who was provisionally suspended by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, after he kissed a player on the lips, allegedly against her will.

Midfielder Jenni Hermoso, 33, says she did not consent to the kiss, which happened at the post-match ceremony, and that she and her family have faced pressure from the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to absolve Rubiales, 46.