The president of the Spanish football federation has refused to resign despite an uproar after he kissed a player on the lips without her consent after the Women’s World Cup final.
Luis Rubiales told an emergency general assembly of the federation “I won’t resign” four times in quick succession, and claimed he was a victim of a witch hunt by “false feminists”.
Several Spanish media outlets had reported on Thursday that Mr Rubiales was planning to step down.
Instead, he said the kiss was “mutual and with the consent” of Hermoso. He received some applause from the overwhelming male assembly.
Hermoso had said in a video streamed on social media after the kiss last Sunday: “I didn’t like it, but what can I do?”