Spanish judge rules former football chief should go on trial for kissing Jenni Hermoso after 2023 final

Luis Rubiales should stand trial over the kiss he planted on the footballer Jenni Hermoso, a judge with Spain’s top criminal court has said, after a preliminary investigation in which he concluded that the former football chief’s gesture “was not consensual and was a unilateral and unexpected move”.

The high court said on Thursday that the investigative judge Francisco de Jorge had also proposed that three others, including the former women’s team coach Jorge Vilda, be tried over their alleged efforts to pressure Hermoso into stating publicly that the kiss had been consensual.

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