(CNN) — Spanish soccer player Jennifer Hermoso has filed an official complaint against the president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office told CNN.
“Yesterday, Ms. Jennifer Hermoso filed a complaint for facts known to all of you. The National Court Prosecutor’s Office will file a complaint as soon as possible, which will be sent to her, as well as a press release,” the spokesperson said. On Wednesday.
The spokesperson added that the report was filed with the Attorney General’s Office to protect the privacy of the victim.
Spanish prosecutors opened an investigation into Rubiales on August 28, saying they would “contact her within two weeks to inform her of her rights as a victim of a sexual assault”.
Hermoso’s legal complaint is a necessary next step for a Spanish judge to proceed with the case against Rubiales, who has refused to resign as RFEF president.
After Spain won the World Cup final on August 20, Rubiales apologized and described the kiss as “reciprocal”, something Hermoso has denied insulting her. FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, has suspended Rubiales for 90 days pending disciplinary proceedings.
The incident caused a strong shock in Spanish football: the government demanded the resignation of Rubiales and the RFEF fired Jorge Vilda as women’s national coach. She was replaced by Montse Tomé, the first woman in the history of the Spanish team to hold the position.