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Protesters queue the streets against Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales over the kiss-gate affair

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Protesters queue the streets against Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales over the kiss-gate affair

Following the World Cup kiss-gate affair, Jennifer Hermoso’s followers took to the streets of Madrid to show their support for the Spain football star and to protest against Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales.

Hundreds of people gathered at Madrid’s Plaza Callao with placards and flags in support of Hermoso.

Many of the placards also alluded to the Spanish word “Seacabo,” which translates to “It’s over” in English. Other placards said, ‘Rubiales and macho mafia out’.

The protests came after Rubiales kissed the striker on the lips at the awards ceremony following Spain’s victory over England in the Women’s World Cup final.

According to Crisis 24, rallies by women’s rights groups are planned to take place in September to ‘demand the resignation of Rubiales.’

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Rubiales refused to quit after the event provoked uproar, but FIFA’s disciplinary committee provisionally prohibited him from any football-related activities for at least 90 days last week.

Rubiales’ preliminary sex abuse inquiry was launched today by Spanish prosecutors.

Hermoso earlier stated that she did not agree to the kiss, and other players of the women’s national team have stated that they will refuse to play unless Rubiales is fired.

‘I want to clarify, that at no time did I consent to the kiss,’ Hermoso said. ‘I didn’t tolerate that my word is questioned, much less that words are invented that I haven’t said.’

The footballing world has widely called for Rubiales to be fired, with Spain’s women’s stars Alexis Putellas and Aitana Bonmati turning to Twitter to express their views.

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‘This is intolerable,’ Putellas said on Twitter. It’s all over. ‘With you, @jennihermoso.’

‘There are limits that cannot be crossed, and we cannot allow this,’ Bonmati wrote. We stand behind you, partner.’

Rubiales’ mother apparently barricaded herself inside a church earlier today and went on a hunger strike. She requested that the ‘inhumane witch-hunt against her son’ be stopped.

The Spanish FA is also expected to call an emergency meeting on Monday, according to Mail Sport.

The marches proceeded across the city, with some placards stating ‘Rubiales and macho mafia out’.

On Saturday, Sevilla players showed their support for Jennifer Hermoso before their LaLiga match against Girona.

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Sevilla sported shirts with the slogan ‘#SeAcabo’ during the warm-up and pre-match handshakes.

The Lionesses have also backed the Spanish women’s football squad, claiming that they stood with Hermoso’ as well.

‘Unacceptable behaviour tolerated by a sexist and patriarchal organisation.’ The statement read from the defeated finalist. ‘Abuse is abuse, and we have all witnessed it.

‘The actions of individuals who believe they are invincible must not be permitted, and people must not be persuaded to take action against any type of harassment.

‘We support you, Jenni Hermoso.’

Source: Daily Mail

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Ghana coach Otto Addo: We will not relax against CAR in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers

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They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros. Despite the remarkable win over Mali's favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus. "One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. "For everyone who thinks it'll be easy, we hope it is, but it's a very difficult game," Addo told reporters on Sunday. "We can't relax now," said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach. The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

Otto Addo, Black Stars coach, has advised his players to be focused and not take their next encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) lightly.

Ghana will face CAR on Monday, June 10, at the Baba Yara Stadium in the fourth of four matchdays in the 2026 World Cup qualification.

The Black Stars came into this game off a 2-1 victory against Mali in Bamako, raising their total to six points in three games.

They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros.

Despite the remarkable win over Mali’s favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus.

“One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. “For everyone who thinks it’ll be easy, we hope it is, but it’s a very difficult game,” Addo told reporters on Sunday.

“We can’t relax now,” said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

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2026 WCQ: Otto Addo expects a tight game against CAR

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"This is going to be really difficult. "For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don't believe it will happen," remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach. "They're performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They're quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali," he continued. The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

Ghana coach Otto Addo expects a tough encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars will meet CAR in the fourth round of matches on Monday at Baba Yara Stadium, with kickoff at 19:00 GMT.

Reflecting on their recent comeback win over Mali in Bamako during the third round, Addo emphasised the importance of the forthcoming encounter against CAR.

“This is going to be really difficult. “For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don’t believe it will happen,” remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

“They’re performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They’re quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali,” he continued.

The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

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Mohammed Kudus: Qualifying for the 2026 World Cup is the ultimate objective

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Ghana striker Mohammed Kudus has stated that the Black Stars are aiming to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

The squad recently returned to form, defeating Mali 2-1 in Bamako on their third matchday, due to second-half goals from Ernest Nuamah and Jordan Ayew.

With this victory, Ghana is presently third in Group I with six points.

Ahead of their matchday four against the Central African Republic on Monday at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kudus, who plays for West Ham United, emphasised that the Black Stars’ primary goal is to qualify for the coveted event in 2026.

“The belief has always existed; that we all want to go to the World Cup. “That is our ultimate goal, regardless of how we achieve it,” Kudus told the press on Sunday.

“Our coach has his strategies, but sometimes the game gets tougher. “We just have to do our best and get the results,” he said.

Kudus is likely to play an important part for Ghana when they face the Central African Republic in this critical qualifier.

The highly anticipated encounter is due to begin at 19:00 GMT.

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