Jenni Hermoso receives World Cup tribute hours after Luis Rubiales resigns as Spanish FA president

ITV News' Ellie Pitt has the latest as Luis Rubiales maintains he did not do anything wrong by kissing Jenni Hermoso on the lips

Jenni Hermoso received an emotional tribute celebrating her World Cup heroics hours after Luis Rubiales resigned as Spanish football federation president for kissing her.

On Sunday, the Spanish midfielder's Mexican club, Pachuca, unveiled a giant banner of Hermoso pictured celebrating for both her domestic and national side.

She also received a framed jersey with her number ten printed onto it, ahead of playing her first club game since winning the World Cup

Pachuca paid tribute to Jenni Hermoso before their game against Pumas. Credit: AP

Earlier in the day, Rubiales said he had informed Pedro Rocha, who has been acting as RFEF president while he was suspended, that he was resigning, with the same applying to his position as a UEFA vice-president.

Rubiales, 46, kissed Hermoso on the lips during the trophy presentation after Spain's victory over England in last month's World Cup final, but the latter said the kiss was not consensual.

FIFA suspended Rubiales pending an investigation into his behaviour, and Hermoso submitted a complaint to the national prosecutor's office earlier this week which is now with Spain's high court.

In a statement on his unverified X account, Rubiales wrote: "After the rapid suspension carried out by FIFA, plus the rest of proceedings open against me, it is evident that I will not be able to return to my position.

"Insisting on waiting and holding on is not going to contribute to anything positive, neither to the federation nor to Spanish football."

He added: "I have faith in the truth and I will do everything in my power to prevail.

"My daughters, my family and the people who love me have suffered the effects of excessive persecution, as well as many falsehoods, but it is also true that on the street, more and more every day, the truth is prevailing."

Jenni Hermoso was not named in the Spain squad. Credit: AP

As well as the statement, Rubiales tweeted: "I will defend my honour. I will defend my innocence. I have faith in the future. I have faith in the truth. Thanks to all."

At a similar time to his social media post appearing, a clip of Rubiales being interviewed by Piers Morgan was also released in which he said: "About my resignation - yes, I am going to do [it]. Of course I cannot continue my work.

"My father, my daughters, I spoke with them… and some friends very close to me, and they say to me 'Luis, now you have to focus on your dignity and to continue your life, because if not, probably you are going to damage people you love, and the sport you love'

"In this situation now, [it is] the thing I have to do."

Rubiales has been widely condemned for his behaviour at the World Cup final in Sydney on August 20, which as well as kissing Hermoso included grabbing his crotch in celebration while standing alongside Spain's Queen Letizia and 16-year-old Princess Infanta Sofia in the VIP box.

After apologising for his actions in a video statement issued the next day, Rubiales then on August 25 described the kiss as "spontaneous, mutual, euphoric and consensual" and repeatedly insisted he would not resign while speaking in front of representatives of Spain's regional federations, clubs, players, coaches and referees in Madrid.

Eighty-one players, including every member of the World Cup-winning squad, subsequently indicated their unavailability for the national team while Rubiales remained in post.

On August 26, he was banned by FIFA from all football-related activities for an initial period of 90 days, and the coaching staff of Spain women's team, with the notable exception of manager Jorge Vilda, resigned en masse.

On Tuesday, Vilda - concerns over whose coaching methods and regime were reported to have been a key factor in 15 Spain players refusing to play for the national team last year - was sacked and the RFEF apologised for the "enormous damage" caused by Rubiales' actions.

Hermoso formally submitted a complaint about Rubiales to Spain's national prosecutor's office on the same day.

On Friday a complaint of sexual assault and an allegation of coercion was then filed by the office to the high court.

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