Ángeles Béjar (l), the mother of Spain soccer federation chief Luis Rubiales, started a hunger strike and locked herself in the Divina Pastora church in Motril, Spain on 28 August 2023. EFE/Alba Feixas

Spain soccer chief’s mother on hunger strike over ‘inhuman hunt’ against son

Motril, Spain, Aug 28 (EFE).- The mother of Spain’s soccer federation chief, Luis Rubiales, has gone on a hunger strike over the “inhuman and bloody hunt” against her son.

Rubiales sparked international outrage when he kissed striker Jennifer Hermoso on the lips after Spain’s World Cup final win against England in Australia.

Ángeles Béjar locked herself in the church of the Divina Pastora in Motril on Monday morning and said she was going on a hunger strike “indefinitely, day and night” until justice was done, she told Efe.

“My son does not deserve what they are doing to him,” she added.

Fifa, soccer’s world governing body, on Saturday suspended Rubiales from all soccer-related activities for 90 days.

At an RFEF general assembly on Friday, Rubiales refused to step down from his position as the organization’s president and claimed the kiss was “spontaneous, mutual and consensual.”

Rubiales added that he was the target of “false feminism” seeking his “social assassination”.

Hermoso responded to Rubiales’ refusal to quit via the soccer players’ union Futpro saying she did not consent to the kiss and that during the incident she felt “vulnerable and the victim of an aggression.”

The striker went on to describe the kiss as “an impulsive, sexist, out-of-place act without any kind of consent on my part.”

Rubiales’ mother called on Hermoso to “tell the truth” and “to stick to the version she adopted after the incident took place.”

Béjar added that no sexual abuse took place “as there was consent on both sides, as proven in the images.”

“Why are they being so cruel to him?” the mother asked, adding that her son was “incapable of hurting anyone”.EFE